Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos demands compensation for beach Christmas party bill

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Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos has demanded compensation for the substantial cleaning cost left behind by a raucous Christmas beachside party in Sydney’s inner-east.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Masselos revealed the annual Bronte beach Christmas party drew approximately 10,000 people — 20% more than prior years — who trashed the historic site.

Thousands of predominantly backpackers and travellers celebrate Christmas Day at Bronte Beach this year. Jane Dempster.
Thousands of predominantly backpackers and travellers celebrate Christmas Day at Bronte Beach this year. Photo: Jane Dempster.
Local resident of Bronte Beach Robert Kokolich is seen helping the Council workers clean up the enormous amount of rubbish. Photo Gaye Gerard.
Local resident of Bronte Beach Robert Kokolich is seen helping the Council workers clean up the enormous amount of rubbish. Photo: Gaye Gerard.

Ms Masselos stated that the Waverley region was widely highlighted in tourism advertising and material, but the council received no additional cash to manage the “consequences” of the summer visitor rush.

“If the state and federal governments are going to be promoting these tourist spots, councils need support to manage the consequences of that,” she said.

Masellos’ statements come after a similar mess was left behind after last year’s Christmas party.

Sydney's Bronte beach after partygoers left masses of trash following their Christmas Day celebrations in 2022. Photo NewsWire.
Sydney’s Bronte beach after partygoers left masses of trash following their Christmas Day celebrations in 2022. Photo: NewsWire.

“As always I am appalled that people show such little response for such a beautiful environment. It’s a huge issue,” Masselos told The Daily Telegraph.

A Waverly Council spokesman expressed in a statement that while they were pleased with the overall behaviour at the event on Monday, the amount of trash was “disappointing.”

No comments have been made by State or Federal Government on providing councils with compensation.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

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