No kites, no holes as council cracks down on Perth's most famous beach
The mayor responsible for Australia's famous Bondi Beach says she backs a Council clampdown at Perth's Cottesloe Beach, which would see beachgoers fined up to $500 for a range of offences including flying kites, using oversized umbrellas or digging holes.
Under a proposal to be considered by the Town of Cottesloe for Perth's most popular beach, 60 extra clauses would be added to the council's beach law, banning a total of 100 listed activities at the famous beach.
The report said an increase in the beach's popularity, and the number of events that take place on the beach and a nearby reserve, meant the existing laws were no longer adequate.
Cottesloe Beach is clamping down on the activities of beachgoers. Photo: Erin Jonasson
If the proposal is passed, the new rules could see alcohol, glass bottles and containers banned. It will also be illegal to dive off the popular Cottesloe pylon, drop cigarette butts, use toy vehicles and erect umbrellas bigger than three square metres.
Beachgoers to one of Australia's most popular ocean fronts, Bondi in NSW, have to comply with eight restrictions covering a ban on ball games, alcohol, smoking, dogs, selling things, glass and urination. Kite flying is restricted to a festival held once a year.
Waverley Council mayor Sally Betts said the ball game and kite restrictions were in place because the beach attracted upwards of 40,000 people on a sunny day.
"I think the issue is that when you've got beaches as popular as Bondi and Cottesloe you have to control the movement of people," Ms Betts said.
"I have to say to the Perth council I understand how difficult it is, you just have to somehow manage all the people and try and keep them safe, and the problem is if you have people doing too many things it can become dangerous."
Ms Betts said she didn't think Waverley Council would consider a ban of sun shelters at Bondi because of a partnership with the Cancer Council that sees lifeguards encouraging people to wear sunscreen and stay in the shade.
Under Cottesloe's proposals taking commercial photographs without a permit, obstructing steps and pathways, and wasting water by leaving taps running, would also be prohibited. Fines would range from $100 to $500.
Talkback radio was running hot over the debate today with many callers saying the new rules being proposed were too strict, while others thought it would make the beach better.
After the council considers the proposal, the draft laws will be advertised state-wide for public comment.
- With AAP