Booze Banned On Sydney's Coogee Beach Following "Disgraceful" Christmas Day Party

Herman Weaver
December 28, 2016

'The public outrage to the devastation of the parks and beach itself on Christmas Day has been quite phenomenal.

Locals have been left infuriated after Coogee Beach in Sydney's east was left trashed after an impromptu rave broke out on Christmas Day.

The ban will start on Thursday and last until the end of summer.

Some 10,000 people descended on Coogee beach in Sydney on Christmas Day causing a huge pile up of waste including bottles, cigarettes, and general waste.

"Only a few weeks ago, Council took affirmative action to restrict alcohol in both Dunningham and Goldstein Reserves from 12pm-4pm each day to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents", Randwick Mayor Noel D'Souza said.

15 tons of garbage was left on the beach, according to Randwick Council who labeled the event "disgraceful".

As a result of the OTT festive blowout, Randwick City Council has introduced a snap ban on alcohol across the popular beach and its surrounding parks for the entire bloody summer.

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The president-elect and his wife, Melania, went to the two-hour service at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. The Trumps started their evening at Mar-a-Lago, which hosts a Christmas dinner for members and their guests.

The council attributed the chaos to "visitors to the area", with many on social media blaming backpackers.

"Locals cannot enjoy the beach, can't take our kids for a walk without dodging drunks".

"It is disappointing we have to take such a strong stance but we need to reassure the community that they can feel safe when visiting". "Please support the locals and stop this happening on our attractive beach".

The council chose to change the alcohol restrictions in Goldstein Reserve and Dunningham Reserve from 8am-6pm to midday-4pm, Randwick City Council said on their website.

Facebook user Charlie Gregory posted a video of the party at Coogee to his own page with the caption "Merry Christmas from Australia".

The Daily Telegraph reported that lifeguards left the area at about 7.30pm on Sunday due to concerns for their safety.

Earlier in the year, beaches near Melbourne also issued alcohol bans.

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