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Mildura and Mornington designated area orders extended

Night time scene of people at a restaurant terrace area

The designated areas in Mornington and Mildura city centres and surrounds have been extended for a further 12 months.

Effective from 16 May 2016 and 22 May 2019 respectively, the Mildura and Mornington designated area orders continue to perform an important role in the reduction and prevention of alcohol related violence and disorder in these areas.

Determined in consultation with Victoria Police, designated areas assist police in addressing alcohol related violence in and around licensed premises.

Victoria Police Licensing Inspector for Mornington Sergeant Dollard at the time of assessment said

"the designated areas allow, along with other initiatives and strategies, Victoria Police to take immediate action".

Victoria Police has the power to ban people from licensed premises and designated areas for up to 72 hours for offences including drunkenness, physical assault, destroying or damaging property and failure to leave licensed premises. Police also have the power to seek a court order to ban repeat offenders from designated entertainment precincts for up to 12 months.

Under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998, the VCGLR may declare an area to be a designated area if the Commission believes that:

  • alcohol-related violence or disorder has occurred in a public place that is in the immediate vicinity of licensed premises within the area, and
  • the exercise of a designated area is likely to be an effective means of reducing or preventing the occurrence of alcohol-related violence or disorder in the area.

In the determination of the extension of Mildura CBD order, Acting Victoria Police Licensing Inspector Matheson said

"the declared designated area provides police with a preventative tool to change public attitudes and behaviours, resulting in long term sustainable reductions in alcohol fuelled crimes".

Other designated areas throughout Victoria include Ballarat, Bendigo, City of Yarra, Colac, Dandenong, Docklands, Footscray, Frankston, Geelong, Knox, Melbourne, Shepparton, Traralgon, Warrnambool and entertainment hubs in Fitzroy, Knox, Prahran, St Kilda and South Yarra. For more information on these areas visit the designated areas page.

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Article last modified 
6 June 2019