Boxing Day behaviour monitored

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Fisheries hunt a 3-4 meter Great White Shark at Eagle Bay: Unfazed swimmers at Meelup Beach this morning. Pic: Michael Wilson, The West Australian, 9th January 2013
Camera IconFisheries hunt a 3-4 meter Great White Shark at Eagle Bay: Unfazed swimmers at Meelup Beach this morning. Pic: Michael Wilson, The West Australian, 9th January 2013 Credit: The West Australian

Agencies are calling for respectful and responsible behaviour ahead of Boxing Day beach parties in Dunsborough.

Meelup and Castle Rock beaches are hotspots for local and visiting revellers alike and littering is a common concern, with more than 40 bags of rubbish collected after last year’s Boxing Day bash. Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said while most people acted responsibly, controls would be put in place to “ensure all visitors to the park enjoy a safe and happy day free from the nuisance of those only interested in out-of-control partying”.

“While most will act responsibly there are always some who disrespect the environment leaving rubbish, trampling through the vegetation, parking illegally and generally spoiling the occasion for others,” he said.

Controls will focus on water safety, parking compliance and litter prevention.

Vehicle access will also be restricted, with parking limited to designated areas only.

This move aims to ensure emergency service vehicles have access.

City rangers and police will also be in attendance.

Rangers will enforce parking controls and discourage big groups from setting up party equipment or amplified music that may impact the enjoyment of others.

A Department of Transport marine park vessel will patrol the coast and police will also be on hand.

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