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‘Un-Australian’ council wants to BAN the BBQ

A council in Melbourne is called “un-Australian” because of its plan to ban some barbecues at the backyard.

After just three complaints from residents, the Bayside Council in the southeast of the town proposed a ban on wood and charcoal backyard barbecues.

The ban could also stop families from enjoying fire pits and pizza furnaces.

“We probably fire up [the pizza oven] every fortnight or so and generally our neighbours are very supportive,” Brighton resident Steffen Sauerbrunn told 7NEWS.

“Hopefully I don’t have to leave Bayside.”

The Bayside Council includes the Brighton, Hampton, Black Rock, Sandringham, Beaumaris and Highett suburbs.

The council will not make a decision until early 2021 and ensures that people will have their say.

“We’re certainly wanting to have a debate – what’s right and what’s wrong in this situation,” Bayside Council Mayor Clarke Martin said.

But not everyone agrees.

“It’s un-Australian. I can see people with barbecue tongs standing outside council protesting,” Member for Brighton James Newbury said.


This is not the first time the council has considered the ban after five people signed a petition in 2018.

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