Port Phillip Council is urging visitors and residents to play their part towards achieving another safe and clean summer across the City.
Mayor Dick Gross said Council is keen to repeat its highly successful 2018/19 Summer in the City campaign, which also featured a “play your part” theme.
“The amount of waste we collected from our public spaces last summer dropped a massive 50 per cent – that’s 170 tonnes less waste than the same time the previous year and less litter which can make its way into our Bay and hurt our vulnerable marine life,” Cr Gross said.
“Council was also delighted at the feedback we received about a family friendly atmosphere being enjoyed across our foreshore.”
Council will play its part by providing a record number of public rubbish bins, bin collections and beach cleans over the busy summer months under its almost $700,000 in extra funding (on top of core services provision) for managing beaches and reserves throughout this summer.
Local Laws Officers will be enforcing glass and camping bans during their patrols of beaches, parks and foreshore reserves and Summer Rangers will play an educative role while encouraging everyone to use bins.
Victoria Police will continue its partnership approach with Council, including joint patrols, and will enforce alcohol bans. Port Phillip also falls within Victoria Police’s Operation Summer Safe, which increases the police presence along the foreshore down to the Mornington Peninsula.
Cr Gross reminded visitors that alcohol is banned on St Kilda beaches (and adjoining foreshore parks and reserves) from 1 November to 31 March. There is also a permanent 24-hour ban on alcohol on all Port Phillip streets and footpaths.
Glass is never allowed on beaches and foreshore parks and reserves.