Bayside Council's brand new Summer Foreshore Ambassadors are patrolling the foreshore proving public safety education, monitoring crowds and raising public awareness about COVD-19 restrictions.
"It's important that we all do the right thing by observing the public health orders to keep us safe," Bayside Council mayor, Joe Awada said.
"Summer Foreshore Ambassadors, increased Council Rangers and an enhanced NSW Police presence will help ensure we can all safely enjoy our beautiful public spaces this summer," he said.
Following strong community feedback, Council has also created two smoke free zones:
- A 30m smoke free zone at Dolls Point
- A smoke free zone from the start of the Little Grand Parade (Bestic Street) to the Brighton Kiosk.
These smoke free zones are signposted and smokers are encouraged to dispose cigarette butts in the bins provided.
Smoke Free legislation is also being enforced at Brighton-Le-Sands and those caught smoking in outdoor dining areas risk a fine of up to $300. This included cigarettes, e-cigarettes and shisha.
Bayside Council manages 8km of open and unpatrolled beachfront that includes several major parks as well as the popular Brighton Le Sands precinct.
Each year council invests over $300,000 in additional foreshore services over summer for the safety and enjoyment of our local residents and visitors.
This includes additional Council Rangers and NSW Police patrolling popular areas along the foreshore, as well as additional waste and cleaning services.
Mobile message boards are being used to provide alerts about changing conditions, such as beach areas or car parks reaching capacity.
Timed parking is also on trial in all public car parks along Cook Park.
Council is continuing to work very closely with NSW Health and the Police, other agencies, as well as neighbouring councils on its foreshore management measures.