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Safer New Year's Eve

Friday, December 29, 2017

Council is working with Victoria Police to ensure that New Year’s Eve is safe and enjoyable along Bayside’s 17km of foreshore and its parks and reserves.

Bayside City Council Mayor, Cr Laurence Evans said that the Police had been briefed and authorised to enforce Local Laws particularly around the consumption of alcohol and illegal gatherings.

“The holiday season is a great time to catch up with friends and family and Bayside’s wonderful parks and foreshores are a popular place for people to come together – but it is important that people behave responsibly and with respect toward each other,” Cr Evans said.

“Council does not hold any formal events to celebrate New Year’s Eve and no permits have been granted for any privately run events or parties in any of the City’s public reserves including public parks and along the foreshore.

“Recent events in St Kilda on Christmas Day, are a clear example to our community about why Council requires permits and event plans to ensure that celebrations don’t get out of hand.”

Bayside has a number of Local Laws that Victoria Police will be enforcing over the Holiday Period to help ensure that its public spaces remain safe and enjoyable places.

These laws include:

  • Events in public spaces for fifty or more people require a permit
  • Bans on the consumption and possession of alcohol in reserves and foreshores between sunset and sunrise.
  • Bans on the consumption or possession of alcohol in streets and footpaths at all times.
  • Bans on intoxicated people entering or remaining in public reserves.
  • Permit requirements for amplified music that might negatively impact on the enjoyment of others.

Revellers seeking formal events are advised to contact one of the many Bayside venues that are holding New Year’s Eve functions.

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