In July 2020, Council endorsed a Smoke-Free Outdoor Policy, with an action to create smoke-free zones in our Activity Centres. Council also endorsed the development of a local law to enable the enforcement of the smoke-free zones.
While key places in busy Activity Centres such as train platforms, bus stops and outdoor dining areas (where food is served) are already smoke-free under Victorian legislation, smoke-free zones will extend non-smoking requirements to public open spaces, such as footpaths and plazas. Zones won't include private homes or other areas where smoking is regulated by State legislation.
Smoke-free zones aim to protect the community from the known health impacts of second-hand smoke, raise community awareness of the health benefits of being smoke-free, improve public amenities, encourage a reduction in smoking and reduce tobacco-related litter.
On 12 October 2021, Council resolved to give notice of its intention to make the proposed Smoke-Free Zones Local Law (see the notice at the bottom of this page).
The proposed Smoke-Free Zones Local Law will allow Council to prescribe and declare areas within the municipality to be smoke-free. The proposed Local Law, when implemented, will then give power to authorised Council officers, if required, to issue warnings, impose fines or prosecute people found smoking in smoke-free zones and require them to extinguish the tobacco product and dispose of it appropriately.
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You can view, download and save the proposed Smoke-Free Zones Local Law and its Community Impact Statement at the bottom of this page.
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Written submissions are now closed. The next stage is for Council to receive and consider the written submissions at the Council meeting on 23 November 2021.