Monday, 07 August 2017 11:05

Butting out

MACEDON Ranges Shire Council is seeking feedback about a proposal that will ban smoking at outdoor dining and drinking areas located on council land.
Council’s Acting Manager Community Safety, Karen Dunstan, said that the proposed changes strengthen council’s previous smoke free outdoor areas policy and complement the Victorian Government reforms that came into effect on August 1.
Ms Dunstan said that when council developed its original policy back in 2012, it was focussed on restricting smoking near playgrounds and Council buildings, and since then there have been many changes to Victorian tobacco laws.
“We’ve updated our existing policy to build on this previous work and we welcome feedback from the community,” she said.
The new state-wide tobacco reforms now see smoking banned in outdoor dining areas throughout Victoria. This includes outdoor dining areas on footpaths, in courtyards, balconies, and beer gardens that form part of, or are attached to, cafes, restaurants, take-away outlets, pubs, and licensed premises. It also extends to food fairs such as food and wine festivals, and within 10 metres of food stalls and food vendors at other events.