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.”

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