Caring for beaches

The City’s coastline is a popular destination for the local community, visitors and tourists. Actions you take when visiting the beach or within your own home and garden can impact on the health of your local beach. Ways you can help care for the beach:

When visiting the beach

  • Report any sick or injured marine animals or other wildlife to the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055
  • Do not clear any vegetation and/or removing individual plants such as orchids from coastal areas
  • Abide by the City’s designated dog exercise areas. Hillarys Dog Beach is the only beach where dogs can be exercised off lead. Dogs are permitted on lead along the coastal dual use path from Burns Beach to Marmion Beach. For more info visit places to exercise your dog
  • Stay on pathways and ensuring you have clean footwear with no soil or other material when visiting the City’s coastal parklands and reserves to help reduce the risk of spreading plant diseases
  • Remove any litter you find. You could even organise or participate in a Clean Up Australia Day event for your local beach
  • Do not drive off-road vehicles along beaches or in the dunes
  • Report suspicious behaviour to the Police on 131 444 or if you see a fire phone 000.

In your home and garden

  • Plant a local native garden. Your garden can act as a stepping stone for important flora and wildlife. Check out some garden designs to help you get started on your coastal native garden.
  • Be weed wise in your garden – prevent environmental weeds and garden escapees.
  • Community groups or schools can apply for funding through the City’s Environmental Development Community Funding to undertake a project, event or activity that helps to protect the City’s beaches.
  • Keep domestic cats confined to your property.
  • Do not release helium balloons as balloon fragments can be ingested by animals.
  • Disposing of waste responsibly – litter can be blown onto beaches and into the sea, causing significant harm and in many cases can be fatal to animals.