Hannah Ross

Police get powers to clean up streets

LENNOX Head bar attendant Millie Bottomley is one of the few people in town who is awake at 2am every Saturday.

And she is not impressed with the violence she sees on the streets when she clocks off at the end of her shift.

"I've seen a lot of fights and I have had to call the ambulance quite a few times," she said.

Millie is just one local who is right behind Ballina Shire Council's decision last week to implement alcohol-free zones in the Alstonville and Lennox Head central business districts.

"I've noticed the vibe of the town has changed a lot. It's really not nice to see the kids out there getting affected by alcohol," Millie said.

"The new zones will create a better place for families and visitors."

Police approached the council to implement the alcohol-free zones due to ongoing social problems in the towns.

Crime prevention officer for the Richmond Local Area Command Michael Hogan welcomed the council's decision.

"The new zones mean we are able to enforce and reduce the opportunity for crime to occur, and it reduces the opportunity for secondary supply where an adult can supply alcohol to minors," Snr Constable Hogan said.

The zones prohibit the consumption of alcohol at any time in public places, including roads, footpaths and car parks. Anyone found drinking in these zones is warned to stop and if they continue can be fined.

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