With major public holidays fast approaching, Port Phillip Council is reminding revellers to play their part in keeping the City clean and safe for everyone to enjoy over summer.
A City-wide alcohol ban in public spaces runs from 8 pm Friday 30 December until 12 midday Monday 2 January.
The annual St Kilda Foreshore alcohol ban applies from 1 November until 31 March. This ban covers St Kilda’s beaches and foreshore reserves from Langridge to Thackeray streets.
Locals and visitors can still enjoy a drink at licensed venues or on private property.
Acting Mayor Andrew Bond said increasing numbers of families are coming to St Kilda to enjoy Victoria’s most popular beach.
“It’s a great family friendly spot to enjoy a day at the beach, and perhaps attractions including Luna Park or a scenic Ferris wheel ride at Catani Gardens,” Cr Bond said.
“Visitors and locals wanting to celebrate with a drink and great meal are also spoilt for choice with many fantastic venues on offer throughout our City.”
Cr Bond urged everyone to obey the annual alcohol ban, implemented after revellers trashed the foreshore and left a sea of broken glass behind.
“We are proud of our beautiful open spaces and want to make sure they stay clean and safe over summer,” he said. “With beach friendly weather forecast for this weekend and into next week, it’s important for everyone to follow the alcohol ban – and the glass ban on all foreshore beaches, reserves and parks.”
Management of public spaces over the New Year is a multi-agency effort with partners including Victoria Police, Liquor Licensing, Ambulance Victoria, Parks Victoria, Yarra Trams, VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria and Lifesaving Victoria.
Victoria Police, supported by Council’s local laws officers, will be patrolling and enforcing the New Year’s alcohol ban which carries a $200 fine for breaches.
Port Phillip Council is rolling out an extra 48,000 litres of additional bin capacity across the foreshore, parks and retail precincts over summer. People out and about at public spaces should bin their rubbish or take it home with them.
Council is not holding NYE events and has not permitted New Year fireworks displays. Some private venues are holding NYE functions.
To learn more about Council’s summer management campaign, including alcohol bans, go to the Play Your Part webpage.