Call for by-laws

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CAN­CER Coun­cil WA wants the State Gov­ern­ment to change the Strata Ti­tles Act that is cur­rently un­der Landgate re­view to pro­tect res­i­dents from sec­ond hand smoke and make it eas­ier to re­solve neigh­bours’ dis­putes over the habit.

“Dur­ing a pe­riod of public con­sul­ta­tion, the is­sue of smok­ing was not raised in the Gov­ern­ment’s dis­cus­sion pa­per but was the sub­ject of a num­ber of sub­mis­sions,” Can­cer Coun­cil WA le­gal ad­viser Caitlin Kameron said.

Ms Kameron said that while the Act had rules about apart­ment liv­ing for pets, rub­bish and dry­ing laun­dry, it did not ad­dress smok­ing, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for strata man­agers to re­solve ar­gu­ments about smok­ing.

The Coun­cil wants a new model by-law that can be used to pro­hibit smok­ing on apart­ments’ com­mon prop­erty in a draft Bill Landgate ear­marked for Par­lia­ment in June next year.

“Peo­ple should be free to do what­ever they wish in and around their own homes, but only where their ac­tions do not im­pact on the health and com­fort of oth­ers,” Ms Kameron said.

Landgate oper­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Bruce Roberts said there was noth­ing in the Act that pre­vented smoke-free zones be­ing cre­ated by strata own­ers, if they agreed, and the pro­posed re­forms dealt with bet­ter dis­pute res­o­lu­tions that could help cre­at­ing the by-laws.

Mr Roberts said con­trol­ling smok­ing was not among five parts of the Act au­tho­rised for re­view but some strata own­ers and res­i­dents had asked for some other is­sues, in­clud­ing pet con­trol, to be con­sid­ered.

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