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A safer summer for everyone

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Warrnambool City Council will once again join forces with Victoria Police and security officers to ensure locals and visitors have a safe and enjoyable summer.

The Summerbool operation aims to discourage anti-social behaviour around the foreshore precinct and in the CBD.

Warrnambool City Council Health and Local Laws Manager Ian Fitzgibbon said the operation’s major focus was on prevention.

“There will be a strong presence around popular areas with regular joint patrols by Council and police officers,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“Past experience has been that by being highly visible and nipping potential incidents in the bud, most negative outcomes can be avoided.”

The introduction of a wristband entry system at the Council-operated caravan parks on New Year’s Eve was one successful outcome from last year’s operation, and will return this year.

“Providing wristbands to campers and charging a small fee for their guests was highly effective in curbing the number of people roaming the caravan parks on New Year’s Eve,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“Campers were telling us that New Year’s Eve was the best it has been in years, which is great feedback.

“Summer is a time of celebration, but we would like to remind everyone to take responsibility for themselves and not impact the enjoyment of others.”

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