Sports venues to join butt out plan

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Toby Hussey

Smok­ers and e-cig­a­rette users are set to be told to butt out or move off at sport­ing events, with the City of Al­bany to de­bate tighter re­stric­tions on pub­lic smok­ing.

City of Al­bany of­fi­cers have been work­ing since De­cem­ber to de­vel- op a plan to re­strict smok­ing in pub­lic spa­ces in town, in­clud­ing at Cen­ten­nial Park Sport­ing Precinct and Al­bany Leisure and Aquatic Cen­tre.

Un­der new pro­posed rules smok­ers and e-cig­a­rette users will be ex­pected to smoke in des­ig­nated smok­ing ar­eas dur­ing sport events at Cen­ten­nial Park, and banned from smok­ing at all times out­side Al­bany Leisure and Aquatic Cen­tre and Youth Precinct.

Smok­ing or va­p­ing from ve­hi­cles while watch­ing sport matches will also be banned, as will smok­ing within 10m of en­trances and air in­takes at pub­licly owned or man- aged build­ings. This in­cludes out­side the li­brary, town hall and An­zac Cen­tre.

Venue op­er­a­tors will not be li­able for smok­ers break­ing the rules on their grounds, with the City ex­pect­ing sig­nage and a $12,000 aware­ness cam­paign to be ef­fec­tive in en­sur­ing the rules are fol­lowed.

In let­ters to the City, Great South­ern Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion regis­trar Jos Pass and Al­bany Sharks FC pres­i­dent Ge­off Oldfield sup­ported the in­tro­duc­tion of re­stric­tions on smok­ing at sport events.

The plan will head to the City’s Com­mu­nity and Cor­po­rate Ser­vices com­mit­tee on Oc­to­ber 9.

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