• Hannah Phillips

Meningie Dry Area Reinstated

Coorong District Council has reinstated a long-standing dry area at Meningie, which was due to expire on 21 December 2017, after discussing with the local community.

An area stretching along the Meningie lakefront was made a dry zone in 2011, but was reinstated after Council conducted several meetings and ran online surveys with Meningie residents asking for feedback on the effectiveness and benefits of the alcohol-free area.

Coorong District Council Mayor Neville Jaensch says consultation had shown there was considerable support for the renewal of the dry area.

“The community engagement we conducted clearly indicates that the community feels safer with Meningie’s lakefront area continuing as a designated dry area.

“In the last six years, feedback from residents and businesses indicates the dry area has led to significantly less alcohol-related problems in the designated area.

"This is a great outcome for the community and its visitors to the popular area.

“The town of Meningie will ultimately benefit from this decision.”

The reinstated zone came into effect from 21 December 2017, and will now be a continuous and ongoing dry area.

Council will also consider reviewing signage to notify residents and visitors of the designated dry zone area.

A map of the designated area and further information on the Meningie Dry Area can be accessed online.

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