Bayside Commences Summer Beach Cleaning Program

8 November 2013

Bayside City Council has commenced its summer beach cleaning program, increasing its sand cleaning regime from one clean per month to a weekly clean and twice weekly in front of surf life saving clubs.

Using a state-of-the-art unit that can clean more than three hectares of beach per hour, Bayside’s beach cleaning machine is considered extremely safe and efficient.   A major safety feature of the cleaner is a rear view camera that improves viewing capabilities and ultimately the safety of the operator and beach users alike.

The machine is capable of accessing the majority of Bayside beaches.  However, the few beaches that cannot be accessed undergo weekly manual cleaning, as do storm water drain areas after heavy rainfall events. 
Council’s contractor cleans the foreshore sand between 4.30am and 9.00am.

Announcing the commencement of Council’s summer weekly beach cleaning program Mayor Cr Laurence Evans asked the community and visitors to Bayside to play their part in keeping the City’s beaches clean and safe.

“Thousands of people enjoy visiting Bayside beaches during the warm summer months so we ask everyone to take their rubbish home with them.  Alternatively, people should place their rubbish in the Council waste and recycling bins that are provided along the foreshore,” Mayor Evans said. 

As well as maintaining a regular beach cleaning program throughout the summer, Council has installed recycling bins in open spaces including beaches, foreshore reserves and some foreshore car parks.  The recycling bins are located on every beach that can be accessed by a waste disposal truck. 

Council has also installed fishing line bins at four popular Bayside fishing spots – the Brighton Pier, Half Moon Bay, the North Road Jetty and Middle Brighton.

Mayor Evans said thousands of local residents and visitors flock to Bayside beaches every summer so it is important to keep the beaches both clean and safe.

“As well as playing their part in keeping our beaches clean of rubbish, I also encourage beach goers to avoid taking glass on to the beach.  Broken glass gets hidden in the sand and causes injury to adults and children, and also dogs who love to run along the beach during off-leash times,” he said.

The Mayor said that while Council receives positive feedback from residents about its beach cleaning and foreshore recycling program, seaweed deposited on the sand after a storm and/or high winds is often cause for local residents to express their concern.

“From time to time Council removes seaweed from Sandringham Harbour Beach and the Brighton Beach between the Baths and the Sandown Street dog beach.

“However, for sound environmental and cost reasons we prefer not to remove seaweed from our beaches unless it is in unusually high volumes due to extreme weather events or if it has been contaminated with rubbish,” he said.

For more information about Bayside City Council’s beach cleaning program, residents should phone 9599 4444.

For information about the State Government’s EPA Beach Report program, residents should phone 1300 372 842.

Page last updated: 08 Nov 2013