A Tasmania council has banned beach cricket, picnic tables, public speaking and adults from using swings.

CLARENCE City Council in the South of Tasmania has banned all these events occurring without a permit in a set of bylaws described in Parliament as draconian and potentially unconstitutional, reports The Mercury.

The Clarence City Council Public Places Bylaw No. 1 grants sweeping powers to the council’s General Manager to ban people from public places and to prohibit activities, gatherings or protests.

It bans or places restrictions on such activities as the playing of music, picking flowers, dog walking, the use of outdoor furniture and ball games.

Local activist groups say that the bylaw bans people from organising or participating in “an assembly, rally, public speaking or similar activity” without a permit from the council’s General Manger.

In a joint statement Rosny Hill Friends Network, Clarence Action Network and Kangaroo Bay Voice said the rules were a grave overreach.

How is that even possible to ban adults on swings?

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  • Bit much I think – terrible to have to get a permit to have some fun on the beach.


  • Oh dear, fun policing policing a bit too hard here.


  • well that is just very unAustralian (and extremely stupid!!)

    Makes me really disappointed of my home state of Tasmania

    • It is such a tradition too – seems so sad! :(


  • Bans are only set in place when people do not respect / consider other people / nature / properties, it’s a pity that’s it needed.


  • Is there more to this story? Why have these been passed? Seems rather odd to me!


  • Beach cricket and picnic tables. How ridiculous.


  • I can understand them restricting music if it is the volume. People living a couple of streets back from the beach shouldn’t be able to hear it or the thump of the drums included in it.
    If people controlled their dogs properly and cleaned up after them they wouldn’t need to be banned.


  • Geez, I hope they have some good reasons why!!


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