Alcohol ban to keep park safe

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A temporary night-time alcohol ban will be introduced at Scotts Park, Deniliquin.

It is being tested for 30 days before a decision is made on whether the ban should be permanent, or extended to day-time.

The ban was discussed by Edward River Council at a recent meeting following a report from manager of environmental services Julie Rogers who said council staff are aware of anti-social behaviour involving alcohol consumption that occurs in the park at night.

Cr Ashley Hall raised concerns about the timeframe saying the park, which has undergone redevelopment, would get a lot of use for parties.

“Will there be any flexibility for people wanting to take a glass of wine? The park is going to get a lot of use,’’ Cr Hall said.

Mayor Norm Brennan agreed, adding ‘‘during the day, a bottle of wine while watching the kids is okay.’’

Council resolved to make the park an alcohol prohibited area between 9pm and 6am.

Ms Rogers said this was consistent with Waring Gardens where alcohol is prohibited from 9pm, adding the park would be locked at night.

General manager Adam McSwain said the official opening date for the park had not been determined.

The project was allocated $676,000 in round one of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities funding program which has allowed the addition of a flying fox, climbing net, climbing wall, sand digger, spin point twister, jolly jeep rocket ride and nature play equipment.

Since being opened it has received widespread recognition from local and visitors for the enjoyment being provided to children.