Victoria’s City of Port Phillip Council has announced a city-wide alcohol ban across public spaces for Australia Day.
Council says the ban will apply from 8pm on 25 January until midday on 27 January.
“We were extremely pleased to see the overwhelming majority of revellers enjoying Christmas and New Year’s celebrations responsibly in our City,” said Mayor, Heather Cunsolo.
“We’re urging everyone to again play their part for a successful summer.”
Local laws officers will support Victoria Police as they enforce the alcohol ban, which carries a $200 fine.
Anyone wanting to enjoy an alcoholic beverage can still do so at one of Port Phillip’s many licensed venues or on private property, Council said in a statement.
The Council’s street and beach cleaning team will aldo be undertaking extra cleans to keep the streets and 11 km foreshore ready for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Between 25 December and 2 January, Council staff collected nearly 60 tonnes of general beach rubbish.
Mayor Cunsolo said visitors can make use of an additional 48,000 litres of bin capacity across the City, particularly at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, which is home to endangered plants.