Playing your part for safe summer

City of Port Phillip
Visitor numbers to Port Phillip’s popular parks and beaches are heating up and we’re asking everyone to play their part by supporting our 2021/22 summer management campaign.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to our foreshore every year over the warmer months. Numbers are likely to be even higher this summer as some people who may have gone interstate or overseas to holiday may decide to stay within Victoria due to lingering travel uncertainty linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still known and loved as Melbourne’s seaside playground, St Kilda plays host to many beach-goers. To help keep our iconic beach safe and clean, the annual St Kilda Foreshore Alcohol Ban is in force from 1 November to 31 March.

Beach and foreshore reserves (including Catani Gardens) from Langridge Street to Thackeray Street are included in the ban, which now includes unopened containers.

Victoria Police, which has announced it will have a strong summer presence at bayside beaches, is responsible for enforcing COVID-19 restrictions and the St Kilda Foreshore Alcohol Ban, which carries a $200 fine. Visitors and residents can still enjoy drinking responsibly on foreshore areas outside St Kilda, between 12 pm and 8 pm, except when bans apply across the City on key public holiday periods.

Alcohol bans are just one component of our extensive summer management program to keep Port Phillip safe, clean and fun for everyone.

Stopping litter, especially glass, from covering public spaces or travelling into the Bay and harming marine life is also crucial to achieving a safe and clean summer. We have increased beach cleans and bin collections and our permanent glass ban for beaches and foreshore reserves and park will be enforced by Local Laws officers during their regular patrols.

While we welcome visitors to our City, it’s important everyone plays their part so we can all enjoy summer outdoors.

Anti-social behaviour, including hooning, is never acceptable. We are assisting Victoria Police to hire a mobile CCTV trailer for them to use at the foreshore or on our streets as a monitoring and evidence gathering tool. Under this six month trial, the trailer will be moved around to locations agreed to by our Council. The outcome of Government grant applications to buy a permanent mobile CCTV should be known soon.

How to play your part

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