Geelong ban on soft drink
SOFT drinks will be phased out of community cafes and canteens across Geelong over the next two years, under a council plan to improve the health of ratepayers.
Under the City of Greater Geelong “Healthy Choices — Sugar Sweetened Beverages Strategy”, soft drinks will be withdrawn from sale at all council and community-operated sports venues and other facilities by the end of 2019.
“Action will commence in October 2017 with a phased-in reduction of sugar-sweetened beverages over a two-year period, with education programs and resources provided to support implementation of the strategy,” a report states.
The report, which is set to be endorsed by council on Wednesday, says consultation with Geelong regional sporting bodies took place last month and was broadly supported.
“A staged withdrawal of sugar-sweetened beverages is an important next step for the work which has occurred so far,” the report states.
“Where there are leased cafes operating in community facilities, the withdrawal will occur through a staged transition in line with future leases renewal/options or via negotiation.”