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New Brighton and Ocean Shores to be alcohol-free

PARTS of New Brighton and Ocean Shores are set to become alcohol-free zones.

Byron Shire Council will decide at a planning meeting on Thursday whether to adopt the recommendation to ban consumption of alcohol at Waterlily Park, Devine's Hill, a section of Rajah Road and The Esplanade and car parks at the Ocean Shores Community Centre and North Head Road.

The council received a request from the Ocean Shores Community Association to establish the zones to prevent anti-social behaviour in those areas. If adopted, the zones will be in place until December 13, 2010 to coincide with alcohol-free zones in Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Suffolk Park.

Also on the agenda at Thursday's meeting is a proposal to increase fees for businesses offering footpath dining.

Councillors will consider charging a loading for water, sewerage and car parking, in addition to the existing lease fees being paid by restaurants, cafes and hotels.

If the recommendation is adopted, the council will begin discussions with business representatives regarding the increased charge.

The council will also consider replacing the existing footpath dining DA process, required every two years, with a licence system.



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