Alcohol Free Zone - Port Macquarie CBD

Community engagement on this proposal has concluded

The existing Alcohol-Free Zone (AFZ) in the Port Macquarie CBD is due to expire in December. Given the success of the AFZ over the past 7 years, Council is proposing to continue the zone for another 4 years

Minor changes have occurred in the new zone to remove the Hay Street Forecourt and the end of Horton Street which is soon to be redeveloped into Town Square. These areas have been identified as entertainment precincts for future community events.

The zone boundaries are:

  • East from Buller Street Bridge to Murray Street (including Short, Horton and Hay Streets and Keena, Barracks and Phillips Lane).
  • North from the top end of Gordon Street through to Sunset Parade (including Clarence, William and Hayward Streets).

What do you think about re-establishing the AFZ for another 4 years?

You can have your say by having a look at the AFZ Map and making a Submission.



The existing Alcohol-Free Zone (AFZ) in the Port Macquarie CBD is due to expire in December. Given the success of the AFZ over the past 7 years, Council is proposing to continue the zone for another 4 years

Minor changes have occurred in the new zone to remove the Hay Street Forecourt and the end of Horton Street which is soon to be redeveloped into Town Square. These areas have been identified as entertainment precincts for future community events.

The zone boundaries are:

  • East from Buller Street Bridge to Murray Street (including Short, Horton and Hay Streets and Keena, Barracks and Phillips Lane).
  • North from the top end of Gordon Street through to Sunset Parade (including Clarence, William and Hayward Streets).

What do you think about re-establishing the AFZ for another 4 years?

You can have your say by having a look at the AFZ Map and making a Submission.



Community engagement on this proposal has concluded
  • What are Alcohol Free Zones?

    over 5 years ago
    Port macquarie cbd


    Alcohol Free Zones (AFZ) apply to public roads, footpaths and car parks and prohibit the drinking of alcohol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    These zones are made to create a safe environment where people can move around without interference from irresponsible street drinkers and are normally located in precincts where there are a number of licensed premises and medium to high pedestrian activity.

    The zones are developed under the NSW Local Government Act (1993) and can be established for a maximum period of four years.

    AFZ work when other strategies are also developed to promote a culture of safety. In the Port Macquarie-Hastings some of the other strategies that have been developed include:

    • 1.00am lockout of licensed premises
    • An active Liquor Accord with a strong local membership
    • Night Rider Bus Service
    • Secure Taxi Rank in the CBD
    • A 9.00pm until 9.00am alcohol prohibition on all parks, reserve and beaches                               
    Police and Rangers enforce AFZ and have the power to confiscate alcohol from those found with open alcohol.


      Alcohol Free Zones (AFZ) apply to public roads, footpaths and car parks and prohibit the drinking of alcohol 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

      These zones are made to create a safe environment where people can move around without interference from irresponsible street drinkers and are normally located in precincts where there are a number of licensed premises and medium to high pedestrian activity.

      The zones are developed under the NSW Local Government Act (1993) and can be established for a maximum period of four years.

      AFZ work when other strategies are also developed to promote a culture of safety. In the Port Macquarie-Hastings some of the other strategies that have been developed include:

      • 1.00am lockout of licensed premises
      • An active Liquor Accord with a strong local membership
      • Night Rider Bus Service
      • Secure Taxi Rank in the CBD
      • A 9.00pm until 9.00am alcohol prohibition on all parks, reserve and beaches                               
      Police and Rangers enforce AFZ and have the power to confiscate alcohol from those found with open alcohol.
      • What about Parks, Beaches and Reserves?

        over 5 years ago
        Beachside parks

        Under the Local Government Act 1993, the process for restricting drinking of alcohol on parks, reserves and beaches, is called an Alcohol Prohibition.

        The main difference between Alcohol Prohibitions and AFZ is that AFZ apply 24/7 where as Alcohol Prohibitions can be established for particular times and particular days.

        In the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area an Alcohol Prohibition is in place for all parks, reserves and beaches from 9.00pm until 9.00am.

        Under the Local Government Act 1993, the process for restricting drinking of alcohol on parks, reserves and beaches, is called an Alcohol Prohibition.

        The main difference between Alcohol Prohibitions and AFZ is that AFZ apply 24/7 where as Alcohol Prohibitions can be established for particular times and particular days.

        In the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area an Alcohol Prohibition is in place for all parks, reserves and beaches from 9.00pm until 9.00am.