In July 2020, Council endorsed a Smoke‐Free Outdoor Policy, with an action to create smoke‐free zones in Glen Eira Activity Centres. After successfully implementing voluntary smoke‐free zones in Elsternwick, Carnegie and Bentleigh, Council is now looking to implement smoke‐free zones right across the municipality. To do this, we are seeking your help in determining what the boundary for these zones should be.
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.
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, there remain areas in our Activity Centres not covered by non-smoking requirements. Council has the opportunity to extend non-smoking areas and further reduce the presence of smoking in our shopping strips.
Smoke-free zones will extend non-smoking requirements to some public open spaces such as footpaths, walkways and plazas.
Throughout the process so far, we have heard a high level of support for implementing these zones; however, there is also a recognition that smokers should not be excluded from our centres. We also understand that not all of our shopping centres operate in the same way. Council has designed the proposed smoke-free zones to reflect the operation of each of our shopping centres, meaning that the proposed zones may not look the same in all centres.
Consultation on the proposed zones closed on Monday, 23 August 2021.