Alcohol restrictions in place this weekend

As COVID restrictions begin to ease and the region welcomes back visitors from metropolitan Melbourne, Alpine Shire Council is preparing for an influx in vehicles and visitors during what would traditionally be Bright’s Iconic Rod Run weekend.

01 November 2021

While the formal Rod Run event is not running on November 5 - 7, Council is anticipating a busy weekend nonetheless.

Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth confirmed that the alcohol ban that has been in place over this weekend for the past two years will again be in force.

“We know how keen Melbournians must be to travel to regional Victoria for the first time in many months, and we’re excited to welcome them back,” he said.

“It is our understanding that accommodation bookings for Bright will be near capacity, and it’s likely that many people will bring their classic vehicles with them in an informal celebration of the Rod Run event.

“With an increase in visitors and vehicles come some specific risks that it is our responsibility to recognise and help mitigate.”

Alcohol restrictions will be in place in public places in the Bright township from 10pm, Thursday 4 November to 7am, Monday 8 November 2021.

The designated area will be focussed on the Bright CDB, including Centenary and Howitt parks. 

Alcohol restrictions will also be in place during the same timeframe at Pioneer Park Recreation Reserve.

Maps of both restriction areas are available to view on Council’s Facebook page and website below.

Cr Forsyth said the restrictions reduce the risks associated with crowds, vehicles and alcohol consumption.

“Our communities and businesses have experienced a tough couple of years - their wellbeing and safety is our top priority,” he said.

“We can’t wait to welcome more visitors back as we reach our state vaccination targets and restrictions ease.

“Our businesses will be offering some fantastic food and drink for residents and visitors alike over the weekend - this is a great opportunity to plan ahead and support local.

“We have a responsibility to do what we can to ensure the safety of our community and visitors, from both traditional risks associated with vehicles and alcohol, and the more recent risks presented by COVID.”

Council is engaging directly with licensed businesses in Bright CBD to support their continued alcohol trading over the weekend.

Victoria Police officers will enforce alcohol restrictions and COVID-19 requirements for the duration of the weekend. Traffic management will be in place to promote safe traffic movement.


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