Have Your Say: Smoke Free Environment Policy

Mornington Peninsula Shire is inviting the community to provide their thoughts on Council’s proposed Smoke Free Environment Policy

We are committed to reducing the health impact of tobacco on the community and providing great public and open spaces. We also know that smoking bans at outdoor dining and drinking areas and other smoke free outdoor areas are supported by 73% of Victorians, and cigarette butts account for 48% of all litter collected across Australia. It’s important that we set an example for our community to encourage healthy lifestyle choices and cleaner environments on the Peninsula.

This Policy is being developed in partnership with Peninsula Health and aims to improve the health and well-being of the Peninsula community by:

  • Protecting the community from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke
  • De-normalising smoking behaviours, which is particularly important for discouraging children from taking up smoking
  • Providing residents and visitors with smoke free public areas

Current state government laws are inconsistent for beaches and footpath service areas, for example:

  • Smoking is banned at lifesaving patrolled beaches, however is permitted at other beaches 
  • Smoking is banned at footpath dining areas, however is permitted at footpath seating where only drinks or snacks are served
  • Smoking is currently not banned in camping areas or bush reserves

Consistent and simple smoke free laws will stop second hand smoke exposure, encourage families to use public land and local food retailers, and greatly reduce the amount of butt litter.

This critical initiative stems from Council’s Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-2021 and supports Council’s obligations under the Frankston Mornington Peninsula Smoke Free Charter

The Charter encourages the Shire, other public land owners, businesses and community groups to provide smoke free public areas and implement programs to reduce smoking rates in the community. Many local businesses have joined the Charter by providing smoke free local areas, including Bentons Square and Mornington Central Shopping Centres. 

This Policy, together with the Charter, reflect the Tobacco and Alcohol Compliance element of the Shire’s innovative food safety program ‘Best Bites’, which assesses local food businesses on measures they are taking to provide safe and healthy food; use environmentally sustainable business practices; and provide safe and accessible food premises.

The plan will be available via public exhibition for the period from Wednesday 28 August 2019 until Monday 7 October 2019View the draft policy and complete the survey below.

How to have your say

Read the draft policy and provide your feedback online below or pick up a hard copy at one of our Customer Service offices. You can also provide your feedback via email or post.

Download: Draft Smoke Free Environment Policy(PDF, 271KB)

Download: Local Law Amendment(PDF, 134KB)

Download: Smoke Free Policy Background Paper(PDF, 1MB)

Online

In person

Surveys are also available to complete in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings. Or phone us on 5950 1617 to have a hard copy sent to you.

Email

Email your submission with the subject line “Draft Smoke Free Environment Policy” to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Post

Attention: Peter O'Brien
Re: Draft Smoke Free Policy
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Private Bag 1000, Rosebud VIC 3939

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