Keeping Kingston’s beaches in top shape over summer
8 November 2016
Warm weather is just around the corner and Kingston Council is working hard to prepare for the crowds of people who will flock to Kingston’s 13km of stunning foreshore this summer.
Kingston Mayor David Eden said Council dedicated a huge effort each year into keeping our beaches in top shape.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have such gorgeous beaches right here on our doorstep,” Cr Eden said.
“Council and dedicated community groups are working hard to make sure our beaches are kept in top shape, and we’re calling on locals and visitors to help us make the beach a safe, clean and enjoyable place for all this summer.”
Beach efforts include:
Improvements Work is almost complete on the new $4million Mordialloc Life Saving Club and Indigenous Gathering Place and Council is also working closely with the Edithvale Lifesaving Club on designs for a new $3million facility. Upgrades of Aspendale’s Gnotuk Ave foreshore car park have also been completed with a new boardwalk, beach showers, bins and seating now installed.
Mechanical Beach Raking From November to April the entire foreshore is raked weekly, while in the peak period (8 December-31 January) an extra service is provided around lifesaving clubs.
Rubbish collection From November to April all foreshore bins are emptied daily, with extra services scheduled as needed in peak times at popular locations.
Due to damage caused by harsh weather conditions, Council is trialling new locations for bins at foreshore carparks rather than on the sand itself.
Local community groups, including the Beach Patrol Australia groups, also do a fantastic job holding regular rubbish collection sessions on several local Kingston beaches.
Dog off-leash beaches
Kingston has dedicated locations and times were dogs can enjoy cooling off at the beach.
Owners are reminded that dogs must be under effective control at all times and are not allowed off leash until they reach the sand (in off-leash areas).
Council’s Local Laws team has a dedicated Foreshore Enforcement Officer and a beach buggy to ensure beachgoers, including dog owners, are doing the right thing. Over summer months extra patrols are also scheduled on weekends
The northern end of the Mentone beach is a 24-hour dog off-leash area throughout the year.
In Summer months at Carrum’s dog beach, dogs are allowed off-leash from 7.30pm-10am, but prohibited on the beach between 10am and 7.30pm.
In other areas of Kingston’s beaches, from November 1 to March 31:
- dogs are not permitted on the beach at all from 10am-7.30pm
- dogs can be on-lead on the foreshore only from 7.30pm-sunrise
- dogs can be off-lead on the foreshore from sunrise to 10am.
Horse beach Horses are permitted to swim at the Bay Street car park beach in Mordialloc all year-round, prior to 10am each day. Horses must be led to the water and then can be mounted by the rider for a swim.
Foreshore planting Council and the Friends of the Foreshore have been hard at work beautifying the foreshore area and helping prevent erosion by planting more than 13,000 indigenous plants along the Foreshore Reserve.
Butt out Under Victorian laws, smoking is banned at all of Kingston’s patrolled beaches within a 50 metre radius of the red and yellow flags. Council encourages all smokers, whether they are at the beach or elsewhere, to dispose of cigarette butts properly to ensure our beaches remain litter free.
Smokers can face fines of $311 for littering cigarette butts or up to $622 if the discarded cigarette butt is still lit.