Victoria’s internationally iconic bathing boxes have been saved after a strong community campaign has seen the Andrews Labor Government backflip on their removal.
Last July the Draft Marine and Coast Policy report stated that bathing boxes are “to be removed/relocated as the opportunity arises”, which was a dramatic departure from the former Liberal Nationals Government’s plans to retain bathing boxes.
The release of final policy has deleted the demand for bathing boxes to be removed or relocated and instead issued a directive that no new bathing boxes should be permitted.
The idea to remove Victoria’s iconic beach boxes would have destroyed not just an important part of Victoria’s built heritage, but also a site that is listed on Victoria’s cultural heritage.
The community campaign attracted thousands of submissions against the removal of bathing boxes including one from Cambridge, England which stated: “the world that cherishes Brighton from afar will never forget the Butchers of Brighton if you do this silly thing”.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Bridget Vallence:
“Our heritage is worth fighting for – the community campaign against the Andrews Labor Government’s wrecking ball has been heard loud and clear and we have saved Victoria’s iconic bathing boxes.”
Comments attributable to Member for Brighton, James Newbury:
“Daniel Andrews has been forced to back down on his crazy proposal to remove the bathing boxes from Brighton beach. The boxes are an internationally iconic feature of Brighton and our State and his proposal exposed the left-wing madness that's core to his government.”