Community safety a priority this Rod Run weekend

Alcohol restrictions will be in place within key locations when Bright’s Iconic Rod Run takes place in November.

17 June 2022

Alpine Shire Council this month voted to approve restrictions to the public consumption of alcohol within Bright town centre and Pioneer Park during the 2022 event.

Alpine Shire Mayor Sarah Nicholas said Council is looking forward to the first uninterrupted events season since the start of COVID.

“Despite the considerable restrictions bought about by COVID lockdowns, Council and the community have hosted more than 55 events since Christmas, which is a terrific step towards recovery,” she said.

“Bright’s Iconic Rod Run is a premier event for the region, showcasing our fabulous local scenery and bringing in thousands of visitors with their classic cars.

“As with all events, we will work with Rod Run organisers and local businesses to ensure this year’s event is fun, family-friendly and safe for communities and visitors.”

Alcohol restrictions were first introduced during the Rod Run event in 2019, in response to safety concerns around vehicles and alcohol consumption.

Alcohol restrictions are recommended each year by the Events Risk Assessment Panel, which includes representatives from Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Alpine Health, Council and other emergency services.

The 2020 and 2021 official Rod Run events were ultimately cancelled due to the uncertainty of travel restrictions that may be in place for the weekend as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council upheld the agreed alcohol restrictions on those weekends, to help mitigate any risk associated with an informal event and expected influx in classic cars and drivers.

Cr Nicholas said in 2021 the footprint for alcohol restrictions was reduced to within the confines of the Bright CBD and Pioneer Park. 

“Council supports the reduced footprint for this year’s event, which strikes a balance between safety and practicality,” she said.

“Council officers will work with licensed operators in the designated area about operating responsibly within their area of operation for the consumption of alcohol.”

Alcohol restrictions will be in place in public places in the Bright township for the duration of the event from 10pm on Thursday, 3 November 2022 to 7am on Monday, 7 November 2022.

The ban will be enforced by Victoria Police officers for the duration of the event.

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