16 May 2012
Unley in new smoke ban talks
This article appeared in this week's Eastern Courier;
UNLEY Council says it is too early to say whether the state's new smoking laws will prompt it to ban smoking at Sturt's home matches and at al fresco cafes. The council will discuss the issue next month when it receives a staff report on banning smoking at places such as Unley Oval and at the Tour Down Under street party on King William Rd. Unley chief executive Peter Tsokas said he was"very pleased" new statelaws - allowing councils to ban smoking in any public place after May 81 - hadbeen passed.
"Now we have the option to consider a range of options in enforcing smoking bans," Mr Tsokas said.
From next month, councils will have the power to ban smoking in any public area, including parks,
streets, music festivals, sporting events and pageants. A full report of when and how the laws could be enacted would be considered by the council next month. Under another plank of the statewide laws that came into effect this month, anyone caught smoking in playgrounds or in public transport shelters is liable to a $200 fine. Councillor Jennie Boisvert said it was important for places where children were present to be smoke-free. "We are setting an example to young people," Cr Boisvert said.
Eastern Courier Messenger,
16 May 2012, by EMILY GRIFFITHS