Citizens to enforce no-smoking
MEMBERS of the public are being expected to enforce Clarence Valley Council’s no-smoking policy.
Council is relying on self-regulation to implement the policy which is designed to make smokers think twice before lighting up in public areas including beaches, sporting grounds, bus-stops, taxi ranks and council-run events.
Councillors voted to adopt a smoke-free policy in the interest of the health and well-being of the local community and environment. However, council has admitted it will be taking the ‘softly, softly’ approach in implementing the policy.
“We would encourage people not to smoke but it shouldn’t be prohibited unless you have the capacity to police it, and we don’t,” council deputy manager Rob Donges said.
Five months on since the ban was adopted, Mr Donges said he was relying on members of the public to discourage smokers from lighting up in the designated non-smoking zones.
“Disapproval can be a powerful deterrent and 50 per cent success is better than doing nothing.”
Meanwhile, owner of Purple Haze in Grafton, Mark Paterson, is taking it upon himself to implement a designated smoke-free zone out the front of his espresso bar.
“We are very seriously looking at implementing a smoking and non-smoking area out the front,” he said.
“We will take it upon ourselves to try and implement a smoke-free area and still cater for the smokers.”
If the proposed draft outdoor dining policy gets the go-ahead, smoking will be prohibited within the footpath dining areas around cafes and restaurants, coming into line with Queensland’s existing legislations.
A public area can be defined as an area set aside for public recreation on council-owned and/or managed land including;
Covered bus-stops and taxi ranks.
Sports stadiums and centres.