14 March 2015
No butts about smoking
In my first stint on Council in 1995 I was fobbed off by the CEO when I asked about smoking in the Civic Centre after meetings. Not to be put off I put my first Motion on Notice to Council and gained the support of my colleagues and smoking inside was banned. Later I successfully ensured that no smoking was allowed in the buildings or within 10 m of an entrance of any Council building (2012). More recently we have seen smoking banned in children's playgrounds, and major events due to my initiative. Council now offers 50% discount to restaurants and cafes that choose to be smoke free. Soon all smoking in these areas will be banned by legislation.