Beach revellers urged to behave

Pierra WillixBusselton Dunsborough Times
Revellers at Meelup Beach, which often is packed on Boxing Day and Australia Day, are being encouraged to clean up after themselves and be respectful.
Camera IconRevellers at Meelup Beach, which often is packed on Boxing Day and Australia Day, are being encouraged to clean up after themselves and be respectful. Credit: Sharon Smith

Revellers are being encouraged to consider their behaviour during celebrations at Meelup Beach on Boxing Day and Australia Day.

The City of Busselton this week announced it would take steps to ensure a family-friendly atmosphere at the beach and sent a message to those celebrating that there would be zero tolerance to anti-social behaviour.

A City of Busselton spokeswoman said in the past some had abused the environment, leaving rubbish, trampling the fragile vegetation, parking illegally and spoiling the occasion for others.

Traffic management will be set up to restrict access into Meelup Beach and Castle Rock Beach, with parking limited to the designated areas, ensuring emergency services vehicles have access.

Rangers will attend the park throughout the day to enforce parking measures and to discourage large groups from setting up party equipment or amplified music that may annoy other visitors.

Department of Transport, and Parks and Wildlife marine park vessels will patrol the coast and police will also be on hand.

Mayor Grant Henley said the measures were necessary to ensure public safety and protect the environment.

“We encourage the community to respect, enjoy and protect the natural environment of the iconic Meelup Regional Park,” he said.

“Those who don’t do the right thing can expect to be penalised.”

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