Drunken backpacker antics which trashed the St Kilda beach foreshore has seen the current booze ban along the iconic strip extended until April.
After a rowdy Christmas Day shin-dig left behind a $23,000 clean-up bill, the Herald Sun reports more than 20 people pushed for the extension at a three-hour Port Phillip Council meeting on Wednesday.
Port Phillip local area commander Inspector Jason Kelly said police had noticed a decline in alcohol-fuelled violence and public order issues around the St Kilda beach region since the alcohol bans began on Boxing Day and were pushing to keep the ban.
"Port Phillip's beaches, cafes and restaurants attract thousands of visitors a day," he said.
"Police want to ensure every person can enjoy our public areas safely and responsibly."
St Kilda Sea Baths spokesman Travis Atkins was among a number of representatives at the session, which included support from Luna Park, Palais Theatre, The Stokehouse and St Kilda Life Saving Club around extending the ban.
“This has the ability to become another Cronulla,” Atkins said.
While supporters for ending the ban included Ban the Ban campaigner Aaron Webb, Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss broke a deadlock by using her deciding vote in favour of continuing the booze ban until April.
The temporary alcohol ban was originally due to end on February 15.