MEMBERS STATEMENTS – City of Kingston: alcohol-free zones – Thursday, 7 April 2011

MEMBERS STATEMENTS – City of Kingston: alcohol-free zones – Thursday, 7 April 2011

Posted on 20. Apr, 2011 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to congratulate the City of Kingston on introducing alcohol‑free zones. As a progressive city, Kingston has always been at the forefront of introducing and maintaining safety measures to provide a secure environment for its residents to live, shop and socialise. The recent introduction of two alcohol‑free zones in Clayton South and Clarinda, in the electorate of Clayton, is testament to the determination of the City of Kingston to improve its family‑friendly and kid‑friendly culture, as well as its residents’ sense of security.

There has been a growing trend of binge drinking in general, as well as people drinking outside their local bottle shops. Local businesses and community groups have long supported the establishment of alcohol‑free zones to address irresponsible drinking behaviour. Residents and beach users in Kingston have also submitted petitions to the council, calling for the further restriction of alcohol consumption. The City of Kingston’s decision to introduce alcohol‑free zones means the consumption of alcohol will be prohibited in designated blocks. Consumption of alcohol will be regulated and controlled in those public places. I have confidence that this policy will play a crucial role in curbing the unhealthy trend of binge drinking and related antisocial behaviour. More importantly, this policy will help make local residents feel more secure and will help make the city of Kingston a great place to live, work and raise a family.

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