Alcohol ban will be implemented on Australian Day. Last year, when people celebrate the event, They were allowed to enjoy hard drink until 8.00 p.m., but this year the rule has changed. It will compel people in Melbourne to pack up their eskies with whiskeys and gin earlier this year.
According to AAP, people planning to go to St. Kilda, Port Melbourne beaches or City of Port Phillip need to abide by the rules. Port Phillip Council said that the revised time allowed for drinking will ensure there is less volume of broken glasses and rubbish in the sea. In addition, it will also help reduce anti-social behaviour during the celebrations because of huge intake of alcohol.
The council and police will enforce the alcohol ban as soon as the clock strikes five. Fraser Coast Chronicle reported earlier that Fraser Coast Regional Council has declared wet areas across the Harvey Bay foreshore for Australia Day. It allowed taking in alcohol at Quota Park, Margaret Street Park, Otto Merchel Park, Apex Park and Ron Beaton Park from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Australia Day. However, consuming alcohol outside the designated areas was not permitted.
Anti-violence activist Liam Knight has requested Australians to celebrate the day safely and to take care of their companions. Being a victim of death-defying violence at the age of 17, he knew how important it is to be careful in a crowd. A drunken gatecrasher attacked him; throwing a metal pole at his head at the victim’s friend’s birthday party. His courage made him one of the finalists of NSW Young Australian of the Year.
After the incident, he started the White Knight Foundation with his family to assist young victims of violence to increase awareness about the dangers of alcohol. Knight has decided and encouraged youngsters to party with friends but be safe.
“Have as much fun as possible, but do it safely. Enjoy yourself but look after your mates,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him saying. “Everyone wants to go out together and have fun, but it is getting to a point where people are so worried, and parents are worried about their kids, and they shouldn’t have to. It’s just that 1 percent that ruins it for everyone else. I really hope that as a community we can all change together.”