An Alcohol Free Zone is a designated area in which the drinking of alcohol is prohibited twenty four seven - twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
There are Alcohol Free Zones in the Central Business Districts of Barraba, Manilla, Kootingal and Tamworth. Tamworth's Bridge Street and Robert Street are also Alcohol Free Zones.
Alcohol Free Zones are an important measure used to curtail irresponsible and drunken behaviour by individuals and groups on the streets throughout the year. They provide for the public use by motorists and pedestrians of particular roads, streets, footpaths and car parks in safety and free from interference by irresponsible street drinkers.
Drinking within an Alcohol Free Zone
A police officer may seize any alcohol (and the bottle, can, receptacle or package in which it is contained) in the posssession of a person if the person is drinking the alcohol in an Alcohol Free Zone, or the police officer has reasonable cause to believe that the person is about to drink or has recently been drinking alcohol in an Alcohol Free Zone.