Trial Park Lands Dry Area

Consultation has concluded

The City wide Dry Area for the City of Adelaide has been in place since 2001 and has been reviewed and rolled over in its current form four times since (in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011). A Dry Area restricts the possession of open liquor containers and the consumption of alcohol in the public realm.

To address serious alcohol related disturbances in the Park Lands, (and in particular the southern part of our City), in June 2014 Council made a request to the State Government establish a trial for six months of a dry zone in Parks 17-21. The State Government has been considering Council's request and provided feedback that a time based dry zone across all Park Lands would be more effective and a more holistic approach to address the current issues.

To find out more, please:

The City wide Dry Area for the City of Adelaide has been in place since 2001 and has been reviewed and rolled over in its current form four times since (in 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011). A Dry Area restricts the possession of open liquor containers and the consumption of alcohol in the public realm.

To address serious alcohol related disturbances in the Park Lands, (and in particular the southern part of our City), in June 2014 Council made a request to the State Government establish a trial for six months of a dry zone in Parks 17-21. The State Government has been considering Council's request and provided feedback that a time based dry zone across all Park Lands would be more effective and a more holistic approach to address the current issues.

To find out more, please:

Consultation has concluded
  • Stage 2 - Consultation

    almost 4 years ago
    During Stage 2, we sought community feedback to help us evaluate the effects of the trial Park Lands Dry Area.

    In December 2014, the State Government advised that Council's application for a trial Dry Area was successful. The trial applied to all Park Lands between the hours of 8pm and 11am the following day for a period of three months.

    In March, an mid-way (interim) evaluation report on thee trial park Lands Dry Area was then presented to Council and the Commissioner for Liquor and Gambling. Based on this analysis, it was recommended that the trial be continued for a...
    During Stage 2, we sought community feedback to help us evaluate the effects of the trial Park Lands Dry Area.

    In December 2014, the State Government advised that Council's application for a trial Dry Area was successful. The trial applied to all Park Lands between the hours of 8pm and 11am the following day for a period of three months.

    In March, an mid-way (interim) evaluation report on thee trial park Lands Dry Area was then presented to Council and the Commissioner for Liquor and Gambling. Based on this analysis, it was recommended that the trial be continued for a further six months. You can read this report here.

    During the trial period Council consulted with community, key organisations and service providers to inform the evaluation. Consultation was carried out from 23 December 2014 until 20 July 2015.

    Who did we hear from?

    Stakeholder Number invited to submit feedback Number of submissions received
    General Stakeholders 117 25 (16 Residents)
    Social Service Organisations 20 3
    Resident and Precinct Groups 14 2
    Peak Bodies 9 1
    Government Departments 9 NIL
    Park Lands Licence holders and lessees 40 NIL
    Park Lands users Intercept survey 155
    Total 209 186


    The trial Park Lands Dry Area concluded on 22 September 2015. After considering Council’s evaluation and the suite of strategies developed by the Senior Officer’s Group to address excessive alcohol consumption in vulnerable people, the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner approved a further 12 months for the Park Lands Dry Area to allow time for the strategies to be implemented. The Park Lands Dry Area is in effect from 8pm to 11am the following day and expires on 22 September 2016.

    Click here to read the final Evaluation Report & Consultation Outcome.

  • stage 1 - Consultation

    almost 5 years ago

    Our first consultation sought feedback on the impacts of the proposed Dry Area trial and on possible ways to manage the impacts should it go ahead.

    Council amended it's original application to the State Government and instead applied for a time based trial (8pm - 11am) dry zone in the entire Park Lands.Your feedback was used to help us finalised the application and provided practical ways these impacts could be managed. The consultation period commenced between Friday 3 October 2014 and Thursday 9 October 2014. Further background information can read in Consultation Pack here.

    46 responses were received and...

    Our first consultation sought feedback on the impacts of the proposed Dry Area trial and on possible ways to manage the impacts should it go ahead.

    Council amended it's original application to the State Government and instead applied for a time based trial (8pm - 11am) dry zone in the entire Park Lands.Your feedback was used to help us finalised the application and provided practical ways these impacts could be managed. The consultation period commenced between Friday 3 October 2014 and Thursday 9 October 2014. Further background information can read in Consultation Pack here.

    46 responses were received and focused on a number of impacts that can be classified as broadly ‘negative’ or ‘positive’. There is a roughly even split between the number of respondents that cited a positive impact from the proposed trial and those that cited a negative impact.

    The negative impacts related to:
    • Picnics/BBQs/Wedding parties/Club activities.
    • Displacement to other areas.
    • The Dry Area as an ineffective response.
    The ‘positive’ impacts related to:
    • Safety.
    • Reduces antisocial activities.
    • Cleaner Park Lands.
    Read the full Summary of Feedback here.