Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and her council are working to scrap 62 alcohol-free zones in streets and parks across Sydney.
Under her watch, the City of Sydney Council has more than doubled the number of alcohol-free zones in the CBD over the past seven years.
There are currently more than 400 alcohol-free zones in the city, where a fine can apply if members of the public are caught drinking. The police also have the right to confiscate alcohol.
The change would reduce alcohol-free zones by 15 per cent across areas including Kings Cross and Surry Hills.
Pub and club owners have said they don’t have a problem with more public drinking in the streets.
“Sydney is constantly mocked by guests as being a nanny state so it sounds like a move in the right direction,” said Peter McLeay, owner of Mad Monkeys Backpackers.
However, police believe it will create more problems within the community.
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