Meningie Dry Area
An area stretching along the Meningie lakefront was made a dry area in 2011, but in line with current legislation, Council reviewed the effectiveness of the zone in 2017.
The reinstatement of the long-standing dry area at Meningie was made in consulation with community feedback. The reinstated dry area came into effect on 21 December 2017, and is now a continuous and ongoing dry area.
What is a Dry Area?
A "dry area" is an area where the consumption of alcohol or possession of open containers of alcohol is prohibited. This applies even if you are just moving through a Dry Area. Possession of alcohol in an open container does not take account of whether the alcohol is being consumed or not. A person can possess alcohol (eg carton of beer, a bottle of wine or alcohol in an esky) in a Dry Area provided the container is unopened.
What penalties apply for breaching a Dry Area?
A person who consumes or has possession of opened liquor in a dry area is guilty of an offence, which carries a maximum penalty of $1,250. Offenders are usually issued with an expiation notice of $160.
Why have Dry Areas been designated?
The purpose of dry area legislation is to curb liquor related problems in public areas such as reserves, main shopping precincts, car parks and to the waters edge (foreshore). Reasons for their introduction vary from public nuisance relating to itinerate use of beaches and other public places, to more complex social issues such as alcohol abuse.
Who monitors the Dry Area?
SA Police will monitor the Dry Areas. They should be contacted on all matters relating to the Dry Areas by phoning 13 14 44.
Does the Dry Area affect private property?
Rules for the Dry Area only apply to public places.
What time of the day is the Dry Area in operation?
The Meningie Dry Area is a "dry zone" area 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
Are there any exemptions to the Dry Area?
Exemptions can apply where:
- an event of historic, cultural, traditional or major community significance is held in the area; and
- the consumption and possession of liquor in the area (or a defined portion of the area) are authorised for a specified period for the purposes of the event by the Coorong District Council