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Call to make Kingston’s beaches safer for all

16 February 2016

Kingston Council is calling on Parks Victoria to make urgent changes to ‘no boating zones’ to improve the safety of swimmers at Kingston beaches.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley has written to Parks Victoria to raise safety concerns over the ‘no boating zones’ at Aspendale and Bonbeach.

“At the moment some of the boating zones begin directly in front of the foreshore carparks, which is where most beach goers hop out of the car and head straight for the water,” Cr Bearsley said. “Council has requested existing ‘no boating zones’ are extended to ensure swimmers and water craft are kept safely apart. Jet skis and boats should be kept well away from our key swimming areas.”

Locations of particular concern along Kingston’s foreshore are:

  • Gnotuk Avenue, Aspendale – Council requested the ‘no-boating zone’ be extended 60 metres south to incorporate the carpark entirety
  • Williams Grove, Bonbeach - Council requested ‘no-boating zone’ be extended 60 metres north to incorporate the carpark
  • Watkins Street/Coleman Road, Aspendale – Council requested a new ‘no-boating zone’.

Mayor Bearsley said she understood a Parks Victoria review of the zones was due to take place sometime this year.

“Kingston Council is keen to play an active role in the review to ensure the community’s concerns about the ‘no boating zones’ are taken into consideration,” Cr Bearsley said.

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