Chippendale residents are becoming increasingly enraged by large drunken gatherings at an alcohol free zone near Sydney's Central Park complex.
Resident and Chippendale gallery owner, Michelle Perry has gathered the complaints of several residents and business owners frustrated about the large amounts of rubbish and glass bottles dumped in the park each night.
“We are sick to death of the constant partying after fighting really hard to make the area an alcohol prohibited zone after we experienced brawling behaviour a couple of years ago.”
“We’ve been complaining to council and the police about the constant neglect in the area every week. The police say they haven’t got any records of any such complaints to follow up.”
The rowdy gatherings include international students from the EF International Language Campus, University of Technology students and backpackers congregating to meet other travellers near the Central Park building, known for its green vertical gardens.
Back packer Delphine Manon who recently arrived in Australia from France was advised by her Haymarket-based hostel to go to Central Park to enjoy a night of drinking and meeting other travellers also staying nearby.
“I just arrived last night and the girl at the counter tells me to come to this park where you can have a party every night and meet people,” she said.
Long- time local Andrew Christofides took to Facebook alongside his fellow residents with a detailed post containing photographic evidence of the park’s destruction on a Saturday morning, tagging both the Redfern Police and City of Sydney Council social media accounts.
“I have complained to Clover Moore on three occasions about this and she said that she would do something about it,” he declared on the post.
A representative from the Redfern PAC Crime Prevention office has responded to Michelle Perry’s claims with a plan to co-ordinate consultations with the surrounding colleges on advising their students to gather at licensed venues instead.
“Based on the videos presented of (gatherings in) Central Park - this is something I need to express is unacceptable.”
“Police cannot place sole responsibility on the Central Park congregations on (one) school alone.”
“There are multiple student accommodation blocks in the precinct as well as in the vicinity, as well as backpackers, UTS and Sydney University as well as students utilising private accommodation in the precinct and vicinity,” the spokesperson said.