Grog ban proposed at Angels
By RENEE REDMOND
BALLINA Shire Council is considering banning alcohol at Angels Beach.
The idea came from residents caught in a recent street party where hundreds of youths threw rocks and bottles at police and damaged property.
Council general manager John Christopherson said the proposed alcohol ban would be implemented only if police deemed it necessary.
"We have to be careful in putting such a serious restriction in place. We are considering it because we received letters from residents asking us to, in light of the Beachfront Parade street party last month," he said.
But resident Graeme Wappett said he didn't believe an alcohol ban would be warranted.
"It would only be necessary if we had ongoing trouble. Since the party, police presence has been strong and we have not had any more trouble with large groups of youths," he said.
Mr Wappett said residents in Beachfront Parade (opposite An- gels Beach) have since supported the move to build a bitumen car park to replace the gravel road which leads to the beach.
"We put together a proposal to clear a small area of bush which hides the car park and build a 20-metre by 20-metre bitumen car park with post and rail fencing, similar to others we have along the Ballina coast," he said.
"We have given the proposal to Member for Ballina Don Page who is putting it to the Ballina Shire Council and Ballina police."
Yesterday Mr Christopherson said plans for a new car park at Angels Beach were already in place and a starting date would be known next week.