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It's everybody's job to keep Port Stephens safe for our community and those who visit. Below is some information on how Council is playing their role to help you feel safe and keep our community protected.

In parts of Port Stephens there are restrictions towards alcohol. This is to create a safe place for our residents and tourists to enjoy.

Types of restrictions

There are two types of restrictions as outlined below:

  1. Alcohol free zones – in these zones, the consumption of alcohol is prohibited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  2. Alcohol prohibited areas – in these zones are usually located in parks, beaches, reserves and ovals. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited between specified hours.

Alcohol-free zones

Temporary alcohol bans for special events

On New Year’s Eve and Australia Day, Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay Foreshores (including beaches) are all alcohol prohibited areas.

See dates, locations and times outlined on the Special Events map (PDF 420KB).

Port Stephens is committed to achieving goals to reduce rates of crime, re-offending and anti-social behaviour.

Council has worked closely with the Port Stephens Police to create the Crime Prevention Plan (CPP) (PDF 729KB). This plan outlines what priority crimes are targeted and community safety initiatives are undertaken to ensure the safety of our community.

Graffiti is marking or defacing property without permission and is an illegal offence.

Who's responsibility is it to clean up?

It is Council's responsibility to clean up graffiti on Council facilities as soon as possible. If you see graffiti on Council's buildings please report it to Council on (02) 4988 0255 as soon as possible.

Some of the facilities owned and operated by Council, which may be impacted by graffiti include:

  • Council buildings e.g libraries;
  • parks, playgrounds and facilities e.g. toilet blocks; and
  • sporting facilities.

However,Council is not responsible for removing graffiti on buildings they do not own. The building owner or landlord is responsible for cleaning any graffiti at their own cost.

Graffiti removal kits

Residents can get graffiti removal kits which are available for graffiti removal on private property from Councils Customer Service Desk in Raymond Terrace?

Contact us

For further information contact Council on (02) 4988 0255