Cig­a­rette beach ban

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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