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Booze crackdown at Coogee beachside parks

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016

A seaside Sydney council has stifled Christmas cheer for beer-swilling backpackers.

Drinking alcohol at Coogee's popular beachside parks has been restricted to just four hours a day in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour.

"The restrictions still allow people to have a beer or bottle of wine with lunch, but will stamp out the all-day booze festivals we've seen taking place every weekend," Randwick City Council mayor Noel D'Souza said Thursday.

Liquor-lovers had previously been free to indulge in drinks at the Goldstein and Dunningham reserves between 8am and 6pm.

But swilling hours have been slashed to between midday and 4pm, effective immediately, following a council resolution.

Police spend between six and eight hours a day responding to alcohol-fuelled issues in the Coogee basin, Mr D'Souza said.

"Unfortunately, many people including families have been avoiding the area because of the anti-social behaviour," he said.

"These changes return Coogee to the people."

Officers have the power to confiscate and tip out alcohol, with the restrictions to be sign-posted in the parks.

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