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Coogee Beach declared alcohol-free for entire summer

Published Date
27/12/2016
News Topic
Beaches & Lifeguards, Council
Coogee Bay

Randwick City Council is declaring an alcohol ban for the entire summer period at all beachside parks around Coogee Beach, effective Thursday 29 December 2016, following consultation with NSW Police.

The ban is in response to the disgraceful events at Dunningham and Goldstein Reserves at Coogee Beach on Christmas Day where 15 tonnes of garbage were left strewn across the beach and there were a spate of alcohol-induced incidents from backpacker revellers.

Mayor of Randwick, Noel D’Souza, is disappointed the ban is required, but the actions of visitors to the area on Christmas Day left Council with no other choice.

“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,” said Mayor D’Souza.

The alcohol ban applies to Coogee Beach and all nearby parks and reserves effective Thursday 29 December 2016 until the end of summer.

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