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Drinking in public spaces (consumption of alcohol)

Drinking in public spaces (consumption of alcohol)

Drinking alcohol in public places is prohibited in many parts of our municipality.

A public place includes a road, footpath, public reserve or park.

Prescribed areas with alcohol restrictions in public places:

  • Beverford – Alcohol prohibited between 9pm to 10am
  • Lake Boga – Alcohol prohibited between 9pm to 10am
  • Manangatang – Alcohol prohibited 24 hours a day
  • Nyah – Alcohol prohibited between 9pm to 10am
  • Nyah West – Alcohol prohibited between 9pm to 10am
  • Robinvale – Alcohol prohibited 24 hours a day
  • Piangil – Alcohol prohibited between 9pm to 10am
  • Swan Hill – CBD – Alcohol prohibited 24 hours a day
  • Swan Hill – not in CBD – Alcohol prohibited between 9pm to 10am
  • Ultima – Alcohol prohibited between 9pm to 10am
  • Woorinen South – Alcohol prohibited between 9pm to 10am

To find out more information on prescribed areas, refer to Schedules 1 through 11 in the Council’s Community Local Law.

Can I get fined?

Can I get fined?

If you are found to be consuming or in possession of open liquor in a prescribed area during the prohibited times you may be issued with an on-the-spot fine by Council’s Authorised Officers or Victoria Police.

What if I have a business serving alcohol?

What if I have a business serving alcohol?

These restrictions do not apply to:

  • Licensed outdoor dining areas
  • Licensed premises or authorised premises under the Liquor Control Act (1987)

Local Businesses who wish to serve liquor in a public place for customers, may apply for a permit under the Footpath Trading Scheme.

I am hosting an event, can I get an exemption?

I am hosting an event, can I get an exemption?

If you are planning on holding an event, Council may consider providing an exemption or providing an extension on the prescribed time.

This will form part of your events application.

Report an issue to Council

Report an issue to Council

If you have an issue you can report the issue through the Council website.

Report an issue to Council
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