Smokers face further bans

A NEW outdoor smoking policy will further restrict the areas where people can light up in the Gloucester shire.

People will not be able light up within 10m of any council owned or managed buildings or owned active recreation areas - including the Gloucester Rec Centre and pool complex.

The policy restricts smoking within 10m of children’s play area and also prohibits smoking at all alfresco dining areas under licence agreement with council.

Smoking at all outdoor events organised or sponsored by council or held on land under council control will not be permitted.

Council will erect signage at all the locations affected by the policy, but enforcement will remain a problem. The only means council has of policing the new policy is through its ranger.

It is hoping that the bans will be self policed with support from community education.

Cr Tony Tersteeg, one of two councillors to vote against the adoption of the policy with Cr Jim Henderson, said he had concerns about the lack of enforcement options.

“What if someone is down on the riverbank 200m from the nearest person and decides to light up?” he said.

New outdoor smoking bans will soon be in place in the Gloucester shire.

New outdoor smoking bans will soon be in place in the Gloucester shire.