Family Friendly Boxing Day at Meelup Beach 2017

Published on 18 December 2017

In conjunction with other government agencies, the City of Busselton is taking proactive steps to ensure a family-friendly atmosphere at Meelup Beach on Boxing Day. The City is sending a message to those planning on celebrating within the park that there will be zero tolerance of anti-social behaviour.

Large numbers of locals and holidaymakers are expected to celebrate Boxing Day at Meelup Beach. While most will act responsibly, past experience tells us that there are always some who disrespect the environment leaving rubbish, trampling through the vegetation, parking illegally and generally spoiling the occasion for others.

Mayor Grant Henley said that this sort of behaviour simply won’t be tolerated. “We want visitors to the park to enjoy a safe and happy day, free from the nuisance of those only interested in out-of-control partying.”

Controls put in place at Meelup Beach on Boxing Day and Australia Day in recent years have proven very successful in reducing anti-social behaviour. These controls will again be implemented on Boxing Day 2017 and Australia Day next year. Particular focus will be placed on water safety, parking compliance and litter prevention.

Traffic management will be set up to restrict access into Meelup Beach and Castle Rock Beach, with parking at these beaches limited to designated parking areas only. This is required to ensure emergency service vehicles have access to these areas in an emergency and to prevent damage to native vegetation. Rangers will be attending the park early in the morning and throughout the day to enforce parking controls and to discourage large groups from setting up party equipment or amplified music that may impact the enjoyment of others.

A Department of Transport marine park vessel will be patrolling the Meelup Coast throughout the day. They will be checking on vessels speeding, overloading and being in non-motorised vessel areas.  Local Police will also be on hand to deal with anti-social or criminal behaviour.

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with Key Goal Area 3: Environment that is valued, conserved and enjoyed.