Nanny state strikes again: Why families could soon need a PERMIT to have a picnic in a public park
- Families will soon need to apply for a permit to bring alcohol to a public park
- Angry residents and business owners are petitioning for a 24/7 booze ban
- The push comes after reports of reckless behaviour from drunk residents
Families could soon need to apply for a permit to have a picnic in a public park under a controversial plan to ban alcohol in the area.
Angry residents and business owners are petitioning for a 24/7 booze ban in Veale Gardens in the South Park Lands, Adelaide.
The push comes amid reports of reckless behaviour from drunk locals getting involved in brawls with some throwing human faeces at cars.
City Councillor Anne Moran said the proposed dry zone would ‘affect the casual picnicker’, but that was a small price to pay.
‘I mean, I like a glass of wine at a picnic myself but I’m happy to give that up,’ she told 7News.
A dry zone between 8pm and 11am was implemented at the park in 2014.
But residents say the drunken violence usually occurs in the afternoon.
Intoxicated people have been seen lying in the middle of the road and one man was seen urinating.
They are often heard yelling foul language in the public during physical fights.
The push for a dry zones comes after reports of reckless behaviour from drunk residents getting involved in brawls with some throwing human faeces at cars
Kate Allen, who works as a chef at a cafe nearby the park, has witnessed several incidents of disruptive behaviour from drunk residents.
‘It’s terrifying people to be honest,’ she said.
‘Men beating men, women beating women, children and babies in the mix and just the screaming and the yelling.’
She is among those who have signed a petition for a blanket alcohol ban, which has been presented to the council.
‘They sit here all day and they drink,’ resident David Andrewartha said.
City Councillor Phil Martin described the problem as a ‘complex issue’.
‘My feeling is we should wait until we hear from all of the agencies involved as well as from SA Pol [South Australia Police],’ he said.
Families visiting Veale Gardens in the South Park Lands, Adelaide will soon need a permit to bring alcohol into the area