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Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve goes alcohol free

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Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve at New Brighton will be part of an alcohol free zone during the holiday season. Photo OEH

If you are planning to give up the booze over new year we’ve found just the place for you: Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve will be an alcohol-free zone on Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Australia Day.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Tweed Byron Area Manager, Sue Walker, said following positive feedback from previous years, alcohol would again be banned on these days to promote a family-friendly experience.

‘Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve is a place for visitors, including those with young children, to enjoy a natural coastal environment on these special days’, Ms Walker said.

‘Visitors who come to experience the reserve for its natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere should feel safe to do so.

‘In the past, alcohol related anti-social behaviour on these days has forced families with small children to leave the Reserve.

‘The temporary ban aims to avoid a repeat of previous incidents of fires being lit during high fire danger periods, smashed bottles being left on the beach, and other rubbish such as plastic bags being left behind, which can easily end up polluting the Brunswick River and threatening marine animals.

‘People are reminded that these beaches are not patrolled and swimming is not recommended.

‘The reserve is a breeding site for critically endangered beach-nesting shorebirds and protects coastal rainforest, an endangered ecological community,’ Ms Walker said.

The temporary alcohol ban applies to all parts of Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, including North Head and Harry’s Hill, aka Christmas Beach (the north bank of the Brunswick River) on Boxing Day (26/12/2017), New Year’s Eve (31/12/2017) and New Year’s Day (1/01/2018). The Reserve will also be alcohol free on Australia Day (26/0 1/2018). The temporary alcohol bans are in force all day (24 hours) on the days listed.

NPWS officers, with support from NSW Police, will be on site to enforce the alcohol free zone. People caught breaching the ban will be issued an on-the-spot fine and escorted from the Reserve.


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