Strategic Alcohol Management

The purpose of the Alcohol Management Strategy is to reduce alcohol related harm and antisocial activity in the Newcastle Local Government area.

The objectives of the strategy are to:

  • Create a hospitable and safe environment
  • Create a diverse night time economy
  • Ensure LGA entertainment areas are safe and inviting
  • Reduce alcohol related violence and
  • Reduce antisocial behaviour and vandalism.

Extensive research was conducted, including community consultation to better understand the requirements of the strategy.

Plans include investigation into the use of CCTV in certain areas to improve security in the city.

Alcohol Free Zones

Alcohol free zones (AFZ) and alcohol prohibited areas (APA) are useful tools when used as part of a broader strategy to manage alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour.

AFZ and APA can promote feelings of safety in public places thereby encouraging the legitimate use of areas such as parks and reserves.

AFZ can be declared in any public road or car park and include the adjoining footpaths and nature strips. Approved outdoor dining areas are exempt from AFZ restrictions. APA can be declared in any Council managed park or reserve.

Sections 634 and 632A of the Local Government Act 1993 provide Council with the power to declare AFZ for a period of up to four years and APA for an unlimited time period. AFZ and APA can only be established in locations where antisocial behaviour or crime has been linked to the public consumption of alcohol.

AFZ and APA provide Police and Council officers with the power to address issues of public intoxication and antisocial behaviour. Anyone consuming alcohol in an AFZ or APA must first be given a warning and the opportunity to cease the activity. Confiscation or tipping out of alcohol can take place at the discretion of enforcement officers. Further fines can be issued by Police officers where appropriate.

Alcohol free zones

Cooks Hill and The Hill

  • Darby Street from Queen Street to Bull Street
  • Bull Street from Darby Street to Union Street
  • Union Street from King Street to Railway Street
  • Laman Street from Union Street to Darby Street
  • Union Street between Bull Street and Railway
  • Bruce Street from Bull Street to Laman Street
  • Council Street
  • Dawson Street from Bull Street to Laman Street
  • Queen Street
  • Darby Street from Bull Street to Parkway Avenue
  • Anzac Parade
  • Lemnos Parade
  • High Street
  • Bingle Street
  • Kitchener Parade
  • Swan Street
  • Nesca Parade

The Junction

  • Kenrick Street between Glebe Road and Union Street
  • Glebe Road between Darby Street and City Road
  • Railway Street
  • Lingard Street

Hamilton

  • Beaumont Street from Darling Street to Maitland Road
  • Lindsay Street from Gordon Avenue to Swan Street
  • James Street Council Car Park (behind the Northern Star Hotel)
  • Cleary Street Council Car Park (behind the Kent Hotel)
  • Hamilton Railway Station Car Park
  • Lindsay Street between Swan Street and Samdon Street
  • Samdon Street between Lindsay Street and Tudor Street
  • Tudor Street between Samdon Street and Steel Street
  • Steel Street between Tudor Street and Lindsay Street
  • Belford Street

Hamilton South

  • Hassell Street from Glebe Road to Darling Street
  • Fowler Street from Darling Street to Beaumont Street
  • Ogden Street
  • Cobbett Place from Neill Terrace to Fowler Street
  • Neill Terrace from Glebe Road to Beaumont Street
  • Darling Street from Chatham Street to Beaumont Street
  • Lowe Street
  • Hibbard Street
  • Chatham Street from Glebe Road to Dumaresq Street
  • Glebe Road between Beaumont Street and Chatham Street
  • Coady Street
  • Douglas Way
  • Rudge Way
  • Chatea-Lea Way
  • Triumph Way
  • Norton Way

Broadmeadow

  • Chatham Road between Dumaresq Street and Belford Street
  • Broadmeadow Road between Brown Road and Lambton Road
  • Young Road between Graham Road and Lambton Road
  • Graham Road between Young Road and Broadmeadow Road
  • Brown Road between Young Road and Broadmeadow Road
  • Denny Street
  • Curley Road between Young Road and Denny Street

Newcastle

  • King Street from Stewart Avenue to Pacific Street
  • Hunter Street from Pacific Street to Selma Street (including Worth Place and adjacent unnamed lanes)
  • Merewether Street from Hunter Street to Wharf Road
  • National Park Street between Parry Street and King Street
  • Parry Street between Union Street and National Park Street
  • Union Street from Hunter St to King Street
  • Pacific Street from Scott Street to King Street
  • Watt Street from Church Street to Wharf Road
  • Bolton Street from Church Street to Scott Street
  • Scott Street from Hunter Street to Pacific Street
  • Darby Street from Hunter Street to Queen Street
  • Steel Street from the railway line to Parry Street
  • Perkins Street from King Street to Hunter Street
  • Crown Street from Hunter Street to King Street
  • Wharf Road from Merewether Street to Nobbys Road
  • Centenary Road from Argyle Street to Merewether Street
  • Argyle Street
  • Bolton Street from Church Street to Scott Street
  • Newcomen Street from King Street to Scott Street
  • Wolfe Street from King Street to Hunter Street
  • Brown Street from King Street to Hunter Street
  • Burwood Street from King Street to Hunter Street
  • Auckland Street from King Street to Hunter Street
  • National Park Street from King St to Hunter Street
  • All unnamed laneways adjacent to Hunter Street  
  • Keightley Street
  • Thorn Street
  • Market Street
  • Workshop Way from Merewether Street to Honeysuckle Drive
  • Wright Lane
  • Honeysuckle Drive from Workshop Way to Lee Wharf Road
  • Lee Wharf Road from Honeysuckle Drive to Hannell Street
  • Workshop Way Honeysuckle Car Park
  • Theatre Lane (off Perkins Street)
  • Congregational Lane (off Brown Street)
  • Boat Harbour Car Park adjacent Western Promenade on Wharf Road (opposite Scratchleys)
  • Central Promenade (eastern side of Queens Wharf Brewery)
  • Western Promenade (western side of Queens Wharf Brewery)
  • Newcastle Bus Interchange (corner of Watt Street and Wharf Road)
  • Car Park adjacent to Central Promenade (eastern side of Queens Wharf Brewery)
  • Car Park adjacent to Western Promenade (western side of Queens Wharf Brewery)

Newcastle East

  • Nobbys Road from Parnell Place to the access road off Nobbys Lighthouse
  • Shortland Esplanade from Nobbys Road to York Drive
  • Telford Street from Shortland Esplanade to Scott Street
  • Zaara Street from Scott Street to Shortland Esplanade
  • Brown Street Laneway (western side behind Public Trust Office between Hunter and King Streets)
  • Fort Drive
  • York Drive
  • Stevenson Place from Telford Street to Parnell Street
  • Alfred Street from Telford Street to Parnell Street
  • Parnell Street from Moroney Avenue to Stevenson Place
  • Telford Street from Scott Street to Stevenson Place
  • Beach Street (off Nobbys Road)
  • Bond Street (off Telford Street)
  • Moroney Avenue from Shortland Esplanade to Scott Street
  • Ocean Street from Pacific Street to Shortland Esplanade
  • Shepherds Place (off Stevenson Place), Colliers Close (off Stevenson Place)
  • Murray Avenue (off Scott Street)
  • Pasha Way
  • Wharf Road Car Park adjacent Eastern Promenade (between Watt Street and Nobbys Road)
  • Nobbys Beach Car Park
  • Horseshoe Beach Car Park
  • Newcastle Baths Car Park

Bar Beach/Merewether

  • Darby Street between Parkway Avenue and Bar Beach Avenue
  • Kilgour Avenue
  • Memorial Avenue between Kilgour Avenue and Bar Beach Avenue
  • Bar Beach Car Park (off Memorial Drive)
  • The Cliff Car Park (Kilgour Avenue)
  • Dixon Park Car Park (off Ocean Street and John Parade)
  • Merewether Beach Car Park (off Watkins Street)
  • Berner Street from Morgan Street to Mitchell Street
  • Winsor Street from Caldwell Street to Lingard Street
  • Ocean Street
  • John Parade
  • Frederick Street between Scenic Drive and John Parade
  • Henderson Parade

Mayfield

  • Maitland Road (Pacific Highway) - From Maud Street to Silsoe Street
  • Hanbury Street - From Regent Street to Waratah Train Station

Merewether

  • Morgan Street - From Lingard Street to Llewellyn Street

New Lambton

  • Regent Street - From Alma Road - Portland Place
  • Portland Place - Evescourt Road to Cromwell Street
  • Elder Street from Morehead St to Karoola Road
  • Karoola Road from Elder Street to Durham Road
  • Durham Road from Karoola Road to Hobart Road
  • Hobart Road from Durham Road to Howe Street
  • Howe Street from Hobart Road to Morehead Road
  • Morehead Road from Howe Street to Elder Street

Islington / Tighes Hill / Wickham

  • Maitland Road from Selma Street, Wickham to Ferndale Street, Tighes Hill
  • Albert Street from Maitland Road to John Street, Wickham
  • Sheddon Street from Maitland Road to Fleming Street, Wickham

Carrington

  • Young Street from Cowper Street to Victoria Street

Kooragang

  • Heron Road
  • Greenleaf Road

Stockton

  • Mitchell Street from Ferry Wharf to Hereford Street
  • Hunter Street from Newcastle Street to Fullerton Street
  • King Street from Newcastle Street to Fullerton Street
  • Maitland Street from Church Street to Fullerton Street
  • Little Maitland Street
  • Queen Street from Church Street to closure
  • Crown Street from Dunbar Street to Church Street  
  • Pitt Street
  • Stockton Pool Car Park
  • Stockton Beach Car Park

University of Newcastle

  • Accommodation precinct

Wallsend

  • Boscawen Street
  • John Street
 

Alcohol prohibited areas

The following parks and reserves are alcohol prohibited areas:

Cooks Hill and The Hill

  • Nesca Park
  • Centennial Park

Newcastle West

  • Birdwood Park (24 hours)
  • Little Birdwood Park (24 hours)

Newcastle

  • Foreshore Park
  • Pacific Park
  • Enterprise Park
  • Civic Park

Newcastle East

  • King Edward Park
  • Newcastle South Beach (Skate Park 24 hours)
  • Newcastle South Beach Promenade

Bar Beach

  • Empire Park (Skate Park 24 hours)

The Junction

  • Rowland Park

Hamilton

  • Gregson Park (not including Hamilton Bowling Club)

Hamilton South

  • District Park (not including Broadmeadow Magic Football Club)
  • Darling Street Oval

Merewether

  • Dixon Park
  • Jefferson Park
  • Foreshore opposite the Jefferson Park

Wallsend

  • Federal Park
  • Rotunda Park

Waratah

  • Waratah Park

Mayfield

  • Dangar Park (Skate Park 24 hours)

Islington

  • Islington Park

Adamstown

  • Adamstown Park

Maryland

  • Grange Avenue Reserve (Skate Park 24 hours)

Elermore Vale

  • Elermore Park (Skate Park 24 hours)

Stockton

  • Skate Park (24 hours)

Birmingham Gardens

  • Heaton Park (Skate Park 24 hours)

New Lambton

  • Regent Park
  • Lambton Park

Alcohol prohibited areas operate between the hours of 8pm and 8am unless stated otherwise.