Draft Smoke Free Outdoor Areas Policy

Consultation has concluded

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is a smoke free Council with existing policies in place that prohibit smoking in all Council workplaces. We also have a role in advocating for better public health for our community.

Council is legally obligated to control exposure to environmental tobacco smoke through the Smoke-Free Environment Act (2000), Smoke Free Regulation 2016 and Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Council also has powers under the Local Government Act (1993) to prohibit smoking in any public place.

The current Smoke Free Outdoor Areas Policy has been reviewed to take into account changes in legislation as well as the community's attitude to smoking.

To ensure we are looking after our community, under the new Policy the following locations are smoke free:

  • Our parks, reserves, play spaces, pools, beaches, bushland and walking trails;
  • Public transport stops, bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry wharves;
  • Outdoor dining areas.

Council will also encourage the community to:

  • Understand the impact of smoking particularly at recreation activities;
  • Have smoke free sporting activities;
  • Consider the waste implications of smoking;
  • Participate in active healthy community pursuits.

To share your views on the revised Policy, which can be viewed in our Document Library (to the right), complete the Survey under the Submission tab below.

Further details may be obtained by contacting Lucilla Marshall on 6581 8111.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is a smoke free Council with existing policies in place that prohibit smoking in all Council workplaces. We also have a role in advocating for better public health for our community.

Council is legally obligated to control exposure to environmental tobacco smoke through the Smoke-Free Environment Act (2000), Smoke Free Regulation 2016 and Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Council also has powers under the Local Government Act (1993) to prohibit smoking in any public place.

The current Smoke Free Outdoor Areas Policy has been reviewed to take into account changes in legislation as well as the community's attitude to smoking.

To ensure we are looking after our community, under the new Policy the following locations are smoke free:

  • Our parks, reserves, play spaces, pools, beaches, bushland and walking trails;
  • Public transport stops, bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry wharves;
  • Outdoor dining areas.

Council will also encourage the community to:

  • Understand the impact of smoking particularly at recreation activities;
  • Have smoke free sporting activities;
  • Consider the waste implications of smoking;
  • Participate in active healthy community pursuits.

To share your views on the revised Policy, which can be viewed in our Document Library (to the right), complete the Survey under the Submission tab below.

Further details may be obtained by contacting Lucilla Marshall on 6581 8111.

Draft Smoke Free Outdoor Areas Policy

Consultation has concluded