Alcohol has been banned from Coogee Beach for the summer period.
Christmas Day revellers left 15 tonnes of garbage in the beachside parks around Coogee Beach, leading Randwick City Council to declare an alcohol ban from Thursday 29 December to the end of summer.
The council described the behaviour at Dunningham and Goldstein Reserves as “disgraceful”. A spate of alcohol-induced incidents involving backpackers were also reported.
Mayor of Randwick Noel D’Souza said in a statement:
“Only a few weeks ago, Council took affirmative action to restrict alcohol in both Dunningham and Goldstein Reserves from 12pm-4pm each day to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents.
“However, the poor and inappropriate behaviour of a few on Christmas Day have forced Council to introduce a total alcohol ban for the area for summer.
“The public outrage to the devastation of the parks and beach itself on Christmas Day has been quite phenomenal.
“The clear message we’ve received is that we need to give the beach and nearby parks back to all people to enjoy peacefully and safely.
“It is disappointing we have to take such a strong stance, but we need to reassure the community that they can feel safe when visiting and enjoying the jewel in the crown of Randwick City, Coogee Beach.
“I’d also like to say thank you to our rangers, Lifeguards and outdoor workers who have worked incredibly hard in response to the issues of Christmas Day. As always, they are incredibly committed to serving their community and ensuring it is a safe and clean place for everyone to live and enjoy.”
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