Thursday, 29 September 2011
Smokers will no longer be able to light up in parts of Monash, with Local Law No.4 coming into effect on 1 October.
The new restrictions mean smoking will no longer be permitted in the following areas:
- within 10m of the entrance to a building on Council land/reserves
- on Council land as specified in the Local Law schedule
- at Council run or sponsored events
These new restrictions are on top of the successful ban on smoking in playgrounds, introduced in 2007.
Monash Mayor, Greg Male said that the new local law would improve the air quality for all people in the City and he praised those who have worked to develop this positive health initiative.
"I would like to particularly thank my fellow councillors Micaela Drieberg, Paul Klisaris and Geoff Lake who first proposed this local law over one year ago as well as the Council staff and dedicated community members who contributed to its development".
Cr Drieberg said that the local law's primary focus is on providing leadership on a matter of public health.
"The ban on smoking in playgrounds that Cr Klisaris instigated in 2007 has proven to be a huge success, with a significant reduction in the amount of butt litter and complaints from parents. We expect that the introduction of these extended smoke-free zones will be similarly embraced by the community.
"Other Councils are also following our lead and smoking is no longer allowed on many of Melbourne's beaches and in many public outdoor places."
Under Local Law No. 4, roads are expressly excluded from the smoking ban. As Eaton Mall is a declared road, it is also excluded from the ban. The definition of road also includes footpaths, meaning alfresco dining areas will also be excluded from the ban.
Council has also written to Premier Ted Baillieu, asking the State Government to consider the introduction of state-wide bans on smoking in 'alfresco' dining areas.
For more Local Law No.4 information please visit Local Law No.4 - Prohibition on Smoking.
Last updated: 29 September 2011
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