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Community safety

It's everybody's job to keep Port Stephens safe for our community and those who visit. Find out about alcohol free zones, alcohol prohibited zones, graffiti, noise control and crime prevention.

Alcohol areas

There are restrictions on where alcohol can be consumed to ensure Port Stephens is a safe place for all residents and visitors to enjoy. There are two types of restrictions:

  1. Alcohol free zones — consumption of alcohol is prohibited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  2. Alcohol prohibited areas — consumption of alcohol is prohibited between specified hours, usually found in parks, beaches, reserves and ovals.
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).

Crime prevention

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

We worked closely with the Port Stephens Police to create the Crime Prevention Plan (CPP) (PDF 729KB). This plan outlines our priority community safety initiatives and which crimes are being targeted 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 our responsibility to clean up graffiti on Council facilities as soon as possible. If you see graffiti on Council buildings, report it on 02 4988 0255 as soon as possible. Some of our facilities which may be impacted by graffiti include:

  • Council buildings like libraries
  • parks, playgrounds and facilities like toilet blocks
  • sporting facilities.

Council is not responsible for removing graffiti on buildings we 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 for removing graffiti on private property from Council's Customer Service Desk in Raymond Terrace