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Monday, 09 July 2018

 

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COM026-18       Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones - Amended

(Report by Coordinator Community Development).................................................. 2   

 


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1.      Committee Reports

Item:                   COM026-18       Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones - Amended 

Author:              Coordinator Community Development

Directorate:      Community and Culture

Matter Type:     Committee Reports

 

 

 

Recommendation:

(a)     That Council endorse the re-establishment of the existing Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs) at Oatley Shopping Centre, Penshurst Shopping Centre, Kogarah CBD, Hurstville CBD and Riverwood Town Centre until 28 August 2022 with no changes, in accordance with sections 644, 644A and 644B of the Local Government Act 1993;

(b)     That Council undertake further public consultation to establish an AFZ in Mortdale Shopping Centre and to extend the current Hurstville CBD, Oatley Shopping Centre and Penshurst Shopping Centre AFZs as recommended by the St George Police Area Command, and in accordance with Section 644A of the Act, for a period of no less than 14 days.

 

 

Executive Summary

1.      The extant Kogarah CBD, Hurstville CBD and Riverwood Town Centre Alcohol Free Zones (AFZs) are due to expire on 28 August 2018. The Oatley Shopping Centre and Penshurst Shopping Centre AFZs are due to expire on 30 June 2019.

2.      Council placed the re-establishment of these AFZs on public exhibition from Wednesday 6 to Wednesday 27 June 2018. Council received two submissions following the public exhibition of the draft AFZs, which are addressed in the body of this report.

3.      A submission from the St George Police Area Command has indicated that they support the re-establishment of the AFZs, as they have assisted in reducing the number of disturbances as a result of the consumption of alcohol in Council’s town centres.

4.      It is proposed that all of Council’s five AFZs are re-established at the same time for a period of up to four (4) years, with the five AFZs to expire on 28 August 2022.

5.      It is also proposed to implement a public consultation process to establish a new AFZ in Mortdale Shopping Centre and to extend the current Hurstville CBD, Oatley Shopping Centre and Penshurst Shopping Centre AFZs.

 

Background

6.      Sections 644, 644A and 644B of the Local Government Act (1993) enable Council to establish, re-establish and operate an Alcohol Free Zone (AFZ).

7.      In accordance with section 644A of the Act, a public consultation process has been undertaken, including advertising of the proposal in a local newspaper (St George and Sutherland Shire Leader) and inviting submissions from the public to be provided within 14 days of the notice and 644B of the Act enables Council to establish, re-establish and operate an AFZ.

8.      In addition, Council has provided a copy of the proposal to re-establish the AFZs to each of the following persons, indicating that submissions must be made within 30 days after the date on which the copy of the proposal is given:

a)   the officer in charge of the police station within or nearest to the proposed alcohol free zone; and

b)   each holder of a license in force under the Liquor Act, 2007 for premises that border on, or adjoin or are adjacent to, the proposed alcohol-free zone.

9.      In addition, secretary holders of any registered club as defined under the Registered Clubs Act 1976 have been provided a copy of the proposal and the opportunity to make a submission.

10.    The locations of the five Alcohol Free Zones are bounded by the streets as follows:

Kogarah Alcohol Free Zone:

·    Gray Street (Corner Princes Highway and Railway Parade);

·    Railway Parade (Corner Gray Street and Gladstone Street);

·    Gladstone Street (Corner Railway Parade and Princes Highway); and

·    Princes Highway (Corner Gray Street and Gladstone Street).

Hurstville Alcohol Free Zone:

·    Greenbank Street (between Woniora Rd and Ormonde Pde);

·    Ormonde Parade (between Greenbank St and Railway Pde);

·    Forest Road (between Cnr of Forest Rd and Queens Rd and corner of Forest Rd and Durham St);

·    Diment Way (between Forest Rd and Crofts Ave); and

·    Forest Road Bus interchange.

Riverwood Alcohol Free Zone:

·    Belmore Road (between Josephine St, corner of Shenstone Rd and Belmore Rd);

·    Short Road (between Belmore Rd and Keppel Ave);

·    Keppel Avenue (between Short Rd and Webb St); and

·    Webb Street (between Belmore Rd and Keppel Ave, including the Webb St Car Park).

Oatley Alcohol Free Zone

·    Letitia St (between Neville St and Wonoona Pde East);

·    Frederick St (between Letitia St and Oatley Ave);

·    Frederick Lane (including the public car park); and

·    Oatley Ave (bounded by corner of Frederick St and corner of Hurstville Rd).

Penshurst Alcohol Free Zone

·    The Strand (corner of Laycock Rd and Railway Pde and corner of Bridge St and The Strand).

11.    Following public exhibition from the period Wednesday 6 June to Wednesday 27 June 2018, Council received two submissions with feedback regarding the re-establishment of the AFZs.

12.    A submission from the St George Police Area Command provided no objections to the re-establishment of Council’s five AFZs.

13.    The submission from the St George Police Area Command recommended that Council establish a new AFZ in Mortdale Shopping Centre on Morts Road between Kemp St and Pitt St.

14.    The submission from the St George Police Area Command also urged Council to consider the following extensions to current AFZs:

·    Hurstville CBD AFZ:

o Queens Road (between Forest Road and Dora Street);

o Dora Street (between Queens Road and MacMahon Street);

o Barratt Street (between MacMahon Street and Woodville Street);

o Crofts Avenue (between Woodville Street and Cross Street);

o Cross St (between Crofts Avenue and Park Road);

o Humphreys Lane (between Cross Street and Park Road);

o Butler Road (between Ormonde Parade and Woniora Road).

 

·    Oatley Shopping Centre AFZ:

o Frederick Street (between Oatley Ave and Oatley Parade);

o Oatley Parade (between Frederick Street and River Road).

 

·    Penshurst Shopping Centre AFZ:

o Penshurst Street (between Bridge Street and Victoria Avenue).

 

15.    The second submission received queried:

·    the need for the Oatley Shopping Centre AFZ to be re-established;

·    the need for the whole of Letitia St to be outlined as an AFZ;

·    the need for the AFZ to be extended to Oatley Pde between River Rd and Larool Avenue;

·    the size of Oatley’s AFZ compared to those of other suburbs; and

·    whether Council had explored the potential need for an AFZ in Mortdale Shopping Centre.

 

16.    After consideration of the submissions, no changes are proposed to the re-establishment of Council’s extant AFZs.

17.    It is also proposed that due to the St George Police Area Command’s recommendation to extend the AFZs in Hurstville CBD, Oatley Shopping Centre and Penshurst Shopping Centre and establish a new AFZ in Mortdale Shopping Centre, that a public consultation process is implemented in accordance with Section 644A of the Act.

 

Financial Implications

18.    Within budget allocation.

 

Risk Implications

19.    Enterprise risk/s identified and management process applied.

 

Community Engagement

20.    Community engagement has been conducted including contacting the St George Police Area Command and all liquor licensees that border on, or adjoin or are adjacent to, the proposed alcohol-free zone.

21.    The proposal has been advertised in the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader and submissions from the public were invited. 

 

File Reference

D18/146830

 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment 1

Hurstville AFZ - July 2018

Attachment 2

Kogarah AFZ Map - July 2018

Attachment 3

Riverwood AFZ Map - July 2018

Attachment 4

Oatley AFZ Map - July 2018

Attachment 5

Mortdale AFZ Map - July 2018

Attachment 6

Penshurst Map AFZ - July 2018

 


Georges River Council - Community and Culture Committee Meeting - Monday, 9 July 2018

COM026-18            Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones - Amended

[Appendix 1]          Hurstville AFZ - July 2018

 

 

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Georges River Council - Community and Culture Committee Meeting - Monday, 9 July 2018

COM026-18            Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones - Amended

[Appendix 2]          Kogarah AFZ Map - July 2018

 

 

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Georges River Council - Community and Culture Committee Meeting - Monday, 9 July 2018

COM026-18            Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones - Amended

[Appendix 3]          Riverwood AFZ Map - July 2018

 

 

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Georges River Council - Community and Culture Committee Meeting - Monday, 9 July 2018

COM026-18            Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones - Amended

[Appendix 4]          Oatley AFZ Map - July 2018

 

 

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Georges River Council - Community and Culture Committee Meeting - Monday, 9 July 2018

COM026-18            Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones - Amended

[Appendix 5]          Mortdale AFZ Map - July 2018

 

 

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Georges River Council - Community and Culture Committee Meeting - Monday, 9 July 2018

COM026-18            Re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones - Amended

[Appendix 6]          Penshurst Map AFZ - July 2018

 

 

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