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An alcohol-free Australia Day for Sydney’s Eastern Beaches

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January 24, 2016

  complete alcohol ban at all beachside areas in Coogee and Clovelly will be in place from 6pm today as part of a joint Randwick City Council and NSW Police operation to ensure Australia Day celebrations remain safe and family-friendly.

The ban applies from 6pm Monday 25 January to 8am Wednesday 27 January 2016 and spans from Trenerry Reserve south of Coogee Beach to Burrows Park north of Clovelly Beach.

Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza said Council supports the ban, adding that alcohol consumption on Randwick City beaches is already prohibited year round.

“I’ve often said that we live in the best part of the Sydney and our beautiful beaches epitomise so much of why Australia is a great nation,” he said.

“From ducking and diving under the waves, to playing beach cricket with family and friends, our beachside areas are the perfect place to celebrate Australia Day.

“Everyone has the right to go to the beach on Australia Day and to feel safe. Those who want to drink have plenty of options – but our beaches and beachside parks are not one of them,” Mayor D’Souza said.

Eastern Beaches Local Area Commander, Superintendent Gavin Dengate said extra police will be deployed in Coogee and Clovelly as part of a state-wide operation called Operation Carbon.

“We will be supporting and enforcing alcohol-free zones, including those that are temporarily in place at beachside areas in Coogee and Clovelly especially for Australia Day," Supt Dengate said.

“Australia Day is a time to celebrate, and many people opt to spend the day at beaches or parks. We’re keen for everyone who lives within or visits our command on Australia Day to have a great time; we just want them to enjoy their day safely and responsibly,” he said.

Police will be targeting criminal and anti-social behaviour, with a particular focus on the over-consumption of alcohol.

“As with New Year's Eve, police will also be paying close attention to the alcohol-free area within Gordons Bay; we are aware of a Facebook page inviting large numbers of people to that location for Australia Day.

“These measures will help ensure Australia Day in this area is safe fun and family-friendly.

“Police will not tolerate alcohol-fuelled violence,” Supt Dengate said.

Mayor D’Souza said this year, there would be a range of fun family-friendly activities at both Coogee Beach and the Prince Henry Centre at Little Bay.

“From 10am to midday, you can splash and slide your way into Australia Day on the free water slides at Coogee Beach, while live music, bush dancing lessons, native reptile and animal displays and a free Aussie picnic will keep everyone entertained at the Little Bay from 12pm to 2pm,” he said.

“Have a happy and safe Australia Day everyone and please remember to leave alcohol behind if you plan on celebrating at Coogee or Clovelly beachside areas,” Mayor D’Souza said.

For more information about Randwick Council’s free Australia Day activities, including details of the alcohol ban, visit

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