Evaluation of the City of Adelaide dry area trial


This report documents the findings of an evaluation of the Trial Dry Area in Adelaide, which was introduced in a highly politicised context involving polarised opinions. The evaluation finds, among other things, that the trial has had the intended effect of reducing public drinking and antisocial behaviour in and around Victoria Square, although there is evidence of displacement of public drinking to other areas of the city. Promised support measures have not properly materialised and there is evidenceof significant disruption and the potential for increased harm to vulnerable groups, including young people, homeless people and Aboriginal people, which have caused significant concern for human service agencies operating within the city. The Dry Area remains contentious and a source of tension between various parties living, working in or using the city, and decision makers will need to weigh carefully these competing interests in deciding the future of the Dry Area.