An Australian beach has banned alcohol after a Christmas party left behind 15 tonnes of rubbish.
Some 10,000 people descended on Coogee beach in Sydney on Christmas Day causing a the huge pile up of waste including bottles, cigarettes and general waste.
Before and after backpacker Christmas on Coogee beach. pic.twitter.com/IKxmhpell4
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The scene was called ‘disgraceful’ by Randwick City Council which swiftly enforced the ban which is set to come into effect from December 29 until the end of the Australian summer.
The mess was slammed by people on Twitter who pointed the finger at backpackers.
And it has been welcomed by some backpacker hostels in the local areas.
One called Pam, who runs Coogee Beach House, told ABC: ‘I half, half agree on [the ban] because for the backpackers, it’s going to be hard to control them with the drinking.
‘I think it’s good for the community… if you don’t allow any alcohol in that area I think more family and children are gong to come back.’