The City of Charles Sturt has now finalised the community consultation for this project.


Consultation Results for the proposed Dry Zone were presented to Council on 24 June 2019 at which time the Council decided to proceed with the application for a dry zone within Midcourse and Shoreline Reserves, West Lakes

Consumer and Business Services approved the application and the Dry Zone was gazetted on the 9 January 2020.

For details on the Dry Zone please see Here

A recent increase in anti-social alcohol related behaviour in and around Midcourse Reserve West Lakes has resulted in requests from the community to implement a Dry Zone.

Council is now considering this request and is seeking your feedback on a potential dry zone at Midcourse and Shoreline Reserve, West Lakes. The proposed dry zone area can be viewed here.

Following the consultation Council will decide whether to apply to the Office of the Liquor Licensing and Gambling Commissioner for the creation of a new Dry Zone within Midcourse and Shoreline Reserve, West lakes as per the map.

Dry Zone Legislation

Section 131 of the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 provides for the prohibition, by notice in the Government Gazette, of the consumption or possession of liquor in a specified public place, or a public place of a specified kind. The prohibition may be absolute or conditional and may operate continuously or at specified times.

The purpose of the dry area legislation is to curb alcohol related problems such as anti-social behaviour in public areas such as reserves, main shopping precincts, car parks and foreshores.

Dry zones assist to preserve areas for family enjoyment and recreation, free from intimidation or disturbance from persons affected by alcohol.

Dry area prohibitions can be made for a short term to cover one-off major events such as New Year’s Eve, or for an ongoing period.

All applications for a dry area are made by local councils to Consumer and Business Services. Councils applying for a dry area are required to submit a detailed description and plan of the proposed area as per the dry area guidelines. Community views are represented in addition to letters of support from the Local Member of Parliament and local Police.

We invite your feedback on the proposed dry zone. There are a range of ways you can have you say. You can:

  • Complete a short survey
  • Ask staff a question
  • Provide a written submission

Please direct mail to:

Dani Scuteri

Project Officer, Public Health and Safety

City of Charles Sturt

PO Box 1

Woodville, 5011

Consultation closed at 5.00pm Tuesday 21 May 2019.

Council has since considered this matter and submitted an application to the Office of the Liquor Licensing and Gambling Commissioner.

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