Designated area declared in Mornington

Mornington Police now have more options to deal with troublemakers, after most of the Mornington CBD was declared a designated area by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.


The order took effect on 22 May after police made a submission to the VCGLR. 

Police will be able to ban people from the designated area, or all licensed premises within the area for up to 72 hours. 

Police will also be able to apply for an exclusion order against people convicted of certain offences committed within the designated area with these exclusion orders lasting for up to 12 months. 

The area surrounds Main Street and includes Mothers Beach and Drake Street to the north, all of Schnapper Point, Royal Beach and King Street to the south and Cromwell Street to the east. 

Mornington Senior Sergeant Ron Barbary said the order would be a key tool in effectively reducing and preventing alcohol-related violence or disorder in the area. 

“We actively target and do not tolerate behavioural offences in our local area, including removing drunks off the street and issuing infringement notices,” he said. 

“This police activity is having a positive impact, but does not prevent these sorts of people from returning and causing more trouble. 

“This order takes it to another level and will help create a safer environment for everyone. 

“The operators of our licensed venues will be advised of people subject to a banning notice or exclusion order and we are working with council to install new CCTV cameras in the area. 

“So if you come into Mornington in contravention of a banning notice or exclusion order, police will find you.” 

VCGLR Acting CEO Catherine Myers said designating an area meant patrons can enjoy the area’s nightlife in safety and licensees can better manage their venues. 

“There are 18 designated areas across Victoria which greatly assist police to address alcohol-related violence,” Ms Myers said. 

“Rather than wait for something serious to happen, banning notices can be used to defuse situations and remove troublemakers from harmful situations.” 

Other designated areas throughout the state include Ballarat, Bendigo, Dandenong, Frankston, Geelong, Traralgon, Shepparton, Warrnambool and the entertainment hubs in the CBD, Fitzroy, Knox, Prahran, St Kilda, and South Yarra.

Further information about designated areas can be found at 


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