An alcohol ban along the St Kilda foreshore is part of Port Phillip Council’s annual summer restrictions in force from today (1 November) until 31 March.
Alcohol in non-glass containers can still be enjoyed responsibly outside the St Kilda foreshore precinct, between midday and 8 pm except when specific City-wide alcohol bans apply across the key public holiday periods of New Year’s and Australia Day.
Council will support Victoria Police as they enforce the various alcohol bans alongside other summertime restrictions. Council officers will be out in force patrolling changes to dog off-leash restrictions and reinforcing a year-round glass ban.
The St Kilda foreshore alcohol ban covers beaches, foreshore reserves and parklands from Langridge Street to Thackeray Street and includes opened and unopened containers of alcohol.
El Niño weather patterns are expected to bring warmer and drier conditions over summer, possibly resulting in the highest number of visitors in several years to descend on St Kilda’s iconic foreshore.
Port Phillip Council Mayor Heather Cunsolo urged beach-goers to respect the alcohol bans and the year-round glass ban. Non-compliance with either ban will carry a $192 fine. The glass ban applies to beaches, reserves and parklands spanning from Elwood to Port Melbourne.
“Our beautiful foreshore is always a popular destination for summer revellers. As it’s likely even more people will visit this summer, it’s important that everyone plays their part to help keep our beaches safe and fun for everyone,” she said.
“If you’re ever unsure about the restrictions, best to leave the alcohol behind and visit one of our many fantastic hospitality venues to grab a drink this summer,” Cr Cunsolo said.
Dog restrictions also change during the summer period, especially on Port Phillip beaches. Signs are in place to help dog owners easily identify on and off-leash areas.
Visitors are urged to make use of an extra 48,000 litres of bin capacity across foreshore, parks and retail precincts.
El Niño weather events increase the risk of extreme temperature shifts such as heatwaves.
Residents and visitors are advised to stay hydrated, be sun smart and limit movement in cases of extreme heat.
For more information about Port Phillip’s summertime bans and restrictions, visit the Play Your Part page on our website.
• Citywide alcohol bans will be enforced on New Year’s (8 pm 30 December to 12 midday 2 January) and Australia Day (8 pm 25 January to 12 midday 27 January).
• There are no Council managed or permitted events or fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
• Camping is not allowed on any Council land or public space, in any vehicle, tent, caravan or other form of temporary accommodation.