North Sydney CBD has become the first suburb to ban smoking following a unanimous vote in their council.
A vote was taken by councillors in North Sydney Council after feedback from the community indicated that the majority of people want to make all public spaces smoke free.
Between October 22 2019 and February 28 2019 the community was asked their opinion on the possible ban. They received 577 responses will 80 per cent of people supporting the proposal.
The smoking ban is now set to be introduced in two stages, with the first stage involving spreading awareness of the change and a self-regulation period of three months.
The smoke free areas will include the North Sydney CBD and the area north of the CBD (up to the Council Chambers and the Civic Centre), with signs set to be installed to let people know where smoking is prohibited.
Following this period the council will review whether self-regulation is working and will consider whether enforcement of the prohibition is needed.
North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson said that she’s proud of the important change.
“As I said in my mayoral minute last year, I believed our community would support a push to expand our no smoking zone policy and as I predicted, it has been widely welcomed,” she said.
“There’s been a lot of interest in this proposal and I’m not surprised. Second hand smoke is detrimental to everyone’s health. We want to create a safe environment for our community where everyone can enjoy our outdoor open spaces.”