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Boozy picnics could be here to stay as government pilots alcohol in Sydney parks

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Sydneysiders taking advantage of eased restrictions to have an outdoor picnic in a public park can now have a cold beer or bottle of bubbly.

Alcohol restrictions have been lifted during daylight hours for the following parks:

  • Ballarat Park, Darling Island
  • Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove
  • Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Blaxland Riverside Park, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Bligh & Barney Reserve, The Rocks
  • Cadi Park, Pyrmont
  • Cathy Freeman Park, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Dawes Point Reserve, The Rocks
  • First Fleet Park, The Rocks
  • Hickson Rd Reserve, The Rocks
  • Jill Berry Lawn / ICC Lawn, Darling Harbour
  • MCA Lawn, The Rocks
  • Metcalfe Park, Darling Island,
  • Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park
  • Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
  • Pyrmont Bay Park
  • Waterfront Park, Pyrmont
  • Wentworth Common, Sydney Olympic Park

Sydneysiders can continue to drink responsibility in Centennial Parklands, Parramatta Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Western Sydney Parklands.

NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes told Jim Wilson the move is a ‘thank you’ from the state government to those who have readily rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated.

“We know people have been doing it tough, it’s been an exceptionally difficult winter, but the least we can do is … give a little bit extra freedom.

“This is a pilot, just up until the end of October, but providing everything works well I don’t see a reason why we can’t make this permanent.”

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