A boat to travel the beaches of Melburnians city has been found to be cheaper than some other boat on the market.
Melbourne sightseers were warned by their local police that they could face fines if they stayed on the beach for more than six hours, according to ABC News.
The warning came from the police’s Public Protection Unit, who are part of the police service’s “crime prevention and enforcement team”.
The boat is called the Melburnian sightseeing yacht, and the owners have not commented publicly on its design, but its owner, a former soldier from the South West of England, has said the boat will be more affordable than the popular Sydney yacht, the Blue Sky.
Melbourne City Council has previously told local people to avoid staying on beaches for longer than six months and warned that “the risk of being fined for longer stays on public beach is very real”.
Melbourne Police Commander Stuart Trewavas said: “It’s been a concern for the council.
There’s been no indication from the owner that they have a problem with it.”
There is an existing code that we enforce that says it’s OK to stay on the public beach for longer periods of time than six weeks.
“If you’ve got a problem we’ll make sure you can get on and off the beach.”
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Police officer Mark Goulston said he had to make the decision on the boat based on the city’s Code of Conduct for Business Owners.
“We’re making a decision on whether or not it’s legal to stay longer than 24 hours on public beaches,” he said.
“It’s a decision for the police, the City of Melbourne, the local council, the council’s council member and the council member’s local MP.”
The Melburnia sightseeing ferry has been advertised on a number of sites.
The owners say they have been given a free berth by the council and that they are not charging for the time they are in town.
It is understood the owner was given a $150 deposit to make up the difference.
A spokeswoman for Melbourne City Council said the code of conduct for business owners was in place for the purpose of enforcing the code.
She said the council had a zero-tolerance policy towards people who stay on beaches longer than a six-month period.
“Our code of practice and enforcement is clear that anyone who is found to have breached the code will be prosecuted under the law, regardless of the length of time they have spent in our jurisdiction,” she said.