Late post today, and a big one to come tomorrow, if I finish it.
The St Kilda foreshore was in a sad and sorry state this Boxing Day morning. It was trashed by around 5,000 people, mostly backpackers, who gathered together Christmas afternoon and into the evening. At 8pm the City of Port Phillip alcohol ban in public spaces kicked in and was just ignored. By 8pm it was too late to enforce the ban. Many by then would have already been 'well oiled'. Of course the ban should have applied earlier, but I expect it didn't to allow Christmas picnickers to have a drink. Because they are backpackers, they don't have families here to visit with on Christmas Day and it is natural that they would gather together on a very pleasant day at the beach. Photos from The Age.
The worst thing was the broken glass that has been embedded into the grass. The price of the clean up will be about $15,000, paid for by the City of Port Phillip ratepayers, two of which are us!
But really, there is no point in making new laws when it is simply a matter of enforcing existing laws. Admitted the number were smaller, but the police cleared a Sydney beach of drinking party goes.