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The Australian Financial review is reporting that bikini beachgoers will no longer be required to wear swimsuits when swimming in the ocean off Sydney’s beaches.
The move, which will come into effect from July 1, is expected to save around $600 million per year in the long-term.
The plan was unveiled by the Prime Minister’s office as part of his new Climate Change policy, which seeks to reduce the emissions that contribute to global warming.
The policy includes relaxing the requirement for people to wear a swimsuit to all public beaches by 2020, and removing the requirement that people have to wear their swimwear at all times on the water.
“This decision is driven by the fact that we have a long history of beach-goers using swimsuits,” Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said in a statement.
“I am sure many of you will agree that swimming with a swim suit in a sea of other people is a little uncomfortable.
But the fact is that most people will not be using swimwear during the swim season.”
The changes come at a time when the government has been under pressure to cut the number of people using the swimming pools and beaches by around 30 per cent in the next decade.
The government has also made the decision to remove the mandatory use of sunscreen for those under 18 years of age, while removing the mandatory wearing of helmets.
“A significant part of the Government’s Climate Change Strategy is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2050 and that includes the removal of mandatory swimming for those aged 18 years and under,” Frydenheim said in the statement.
But some local councils are already making changes to their swimming areas to allow for the removal.