Cigarette beach ban
COTTESLOE Council will change its local laws so it can have the power to ban smoking on all of the town’s beaches next summer.
“The beach cleaning machine doesn’t even pick up butts and they end up, non-biodegradable with cellulose-acetate in the filters, in the ocean to be digested by marine animals and birds after they get in the food chain,” ban proponent Councillor Sally Pyvis said.
Cr Pyvis found about 200 butts on and near Cottesloe Beach before her one-woman no smoking protest after last week’s meeting.
Cigarettes were banned on all City of Joondalup beaches in 2008 when a City of Nedlands bid to stop smoking on Swanbourne Beach failed.
In Sydney, 10 beaches have bans, including Bondi where rangers and council staff educated beachgoers abut the restriction for six weeks after it was introduced.
In WA, smoking is banned between lifesaving flags but Cottesloe’s local laws currently only give it the power to ban smoking on its properties and not in open public spaces.
Cr Pyvis wants a ban along 4km of coast from the Vlamingh Memorial to North Street, including Cottesloe Beach’s grass terraces but how far inland elsewhere had to be determined.
At the council meeting, Cr Rob Rowell said he was concerned a restriction may not be enforceable, while Cr Peter Jeanes said the council first had to get a staff report with “facts” instead of the “dramatic step” of Cr Pyvis’ motion giving immediate support to a ban.
Only Crs Jeanes and Rowell voted against supporting a ban.
Sally Pyvis wants cigarette smokers to butt out of the habit on the beach.