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Council moves to make Civic Park a dry zone

22 July 2015

City of Whyalla will make formal application for a section of land at Civic Park to be declared a dry zone.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Council moves to make Civic Park a dry zone

City of Whyalla will make formal application for a section of land at Civic Park to be declared a dry zone.

Following extensive public consultation and research, the council has determined that making Civic Park a dry zone is in the best interest of the community.

The decision stems from reports of anti-social behaviour being displayed in the area as a result of alcohol consumption.

The council sought public comment on the matter earlier this year through a public survey, receiving nearly 400 responses, a large majority of which were in favour of a dry zone.

Whyalla mayor Jim Pollock said he was pleased a decision had been made on this matter, and hoped the council’s application to the Liquor and Gaming Commissioner would be successful.

“We acknowledge that the community has raised issues about the area for a number of years, and following extensive research and community consultation we can now take the next step in establishing the area as a family friendly space,” Mr Pollock said.

The council will be required to lodge an application to the Liquor and Gaming Commissioner in accordance with the Liquor Licensing Act 1997 to legislate Civic Park as a dry zone.

The section of land recommended as becoming a dry zone would encompass Civic Park from Nicolson Avenue, McDouall Stuart Avenue, McLennan Avenue and Searle Street.

The dry zone would include Schulz Reserve, however special permits for community and sporting events can be applied for.

In working towards making the area more appealing to residents, it was also decided that Civic Park be nominated as a possible project for capital works in the 2016/17 budget.

“I am looking forward to seeing works being undertaken in the coming years to allow for an upgrade of Civic Park,” Mr Pollock said.

While it is believed the implementation of a dry zone at Civic Park will have benefits for the community, some consequential issues were identified.

“We believe the implementation of a dry zone may cause some displacement of those currently using the park and displaying anti-social behaviour,” Mr Pollock said.

“In order to combat this, it was decided council would liase with community organisations to implement programs to assist persons that may be displaced as a consequence of Civic Park being a dry zone.”

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