Greens Councillor Murray Matson will submit a motion that Randwick Council will implement a 24 hour alcohol ban on drinking in reserves at Coogee Beach to “bring it into line with nearby Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches”.
The motion is a response to last weekend’s widely condemned Christmas day drinking session. He said today,
“I was alarmed to read media accounts of the concern for possible fatalities held by Coogee Beach life savers on Christmas day. I don’t intend to wait till there is a loss of life. I think that the best approach is to bring Coogee Beach into alignment with the all-day alcohol bans prevailing at the adjacent Waverley Council beaches.”
Councillor Matson says that the current Coogee Beach alcohol prohibitions don’t take into account modern social media dynamics. He said that residents have been emailing him examples of how Facebook was used to promote the Christmas day rave.