Enquiry prompts safety concerns in the dunes

Friday, 16 March 2018

Residents have reported potential planned gatherings of young people in the dunes in the Point Lonsdale area to Victoria Police, ahead of the warm weather forecast this weekend and the associated danger presented by the illegal lighting of fires in the densely vegetated dunes.

Cr Susan Salter, Mayor of the Borough of Queenscliffe, said she was speaking out to raise awareness locally amongst parents and young people about this important safety issue.

“Public safety is Council’s first priority,” said Cr Salter.

Damage to the dune environment is not limited to fire activity. Beach gatherings can severely degrade dune stability through party goers not using defined beach paths, littering and leaving hazards such as broken glass, together with the setting up of furniture and unknowingly causing destruction to native vegetation.

“The Borough’s coastal dunes form an important part of our iconic shoreline for our residents and visitors and we must be responsible when making use of this precious natural recreation space,” said Cr Salter.

Visitors and beach users are advised to heed the various warning signs of possible dangers found at the beach and are discouraged from the illegal lighting of beach fires.

If you hear or see anything please call Victoria Police on Triple Zero (000).