Public consumption of alcohol will be restricted in the Bright township during this year’s Rod Run, as part of Alpine Shire Council’s commitment to the safety, health and wellbeing of its community and visitors.
02 September 2019
This restriction will not impact licensed venues or alcohol consumption on private property.
Chief Executive Officer Charlie Bird said the health and safety of the local community is one of Council’s top priorities.
“We welcome events to the Alpine Shire, but we need to ensure that the public’s safety is not compromised, particularly when large amounts of alcohol are consumed in public,” he said.
“Working collaboratively with Council, the Rod Run organising committee has recognised that restricting the consumption of alcohol in public is necessary to promote a safe event.”
A Risk Assessment Panel made up of representatives from Council, Victoria Police, SES, CFA, Ambulance Victoria and Alpine Health has supported the organising committee’s position and recommended a ban on the public consumption of alcohol.
“Bright’s Iconic Rod Run is an incredible event where enthusiasts can proudly showcase their classic vehicles in our beautiful township of Bright,” Mr Bird said.
“We want this to be a family-friendly event where everyone can participate and feel safe.”
Bright Police Senior Sergeant Doug Incoll said the ban will be enforced by police from midnight Wednesday, 6 November to midnight Sunday, 10 November 2019.
“We’re pleased to be working with Council and the event organisers to ensure that this event is safe and family-friendly,” he said.
“The designated ban area includes all road reserves (nature strips), parks, and Council owned and managed land within the Bright township.”
Mr Bird said Council is working with the event organisers and agency stakeholders to ensure participants can enjoy the event, while promoting responsible consumption of alcohol in designated areas.
“We have communicated with licensed venues and businesses in the town centre, as well as accommodation providers, so our business community is aware of the temporary restrictions.”