Port Phillip Council’s annual summer restrictions continue with a City-wide alcohol ban to help ensure a safe Australia Day.
The alcohol ban will apply from 8 pm Thursday 25 January until 12 midday Saturday 27 January.
During this time, unsealed containers of alcohol are banned from public spaces across Port Phillip with non-compliance risking confiscation of prohibited items and a $192 fine.
The Council’s other alcohol bans will continue until the end of the summer management campaign on 31 March.
Until then, drinking or possessing sealed or unsealed containers of alcohol along the St Kilda foreshore is banned.
Alcohol can still be enjoyed at Port Phillip’s many licensed venues and at permitted outdoor events.
The alcohol bans are enforced by Victoria Police with support from Council’s Local Laws officers. Extra patrols are happening throughout summer including on the Australia Day public holiday.
Council officers are also out and about enforcing changes to dog off-leash restrictions and reinforcing a year-round glass ban across the foreshore.
Mayor Heather Cunsolo is encouraging everyone to contribute to a family-friendly atmosphere by keeping the City safe and clean over the public holiday and following weekend.
“We were pleased to see people enjoying the Christmas and New Year holidays responsibly,” she said. “We’re now asking everyone to continue to play their part for the upcoming Australia Day long weekend.”
Port Phillip Council’s efforts for a safe and clean summer include providing an extra 48,000 litres of bin capacity across the City, particularly at the popular St Kilda Botanical Gardens.
DJs or loud amplified music are not allowed on the foreshore or at the heritage-protected botanical gardens. Visitors are also urged to be respectful to all garden users and not damage the garden beds.
Visit Council’s Play Your Part webpage to learn more.