Strathbogie Shire Council

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Tobacco reform affecting hospitality venues in Shire

Friday, 21 July, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council is reminding residents of brand new State Government legislation that restricts people from smoking outside cafes, restaurants and licensed premises where food and alcohol are served.

The legislation, in effect as of Tuesday, 1 August 2017, affects all restaurants, cafes, take-away shops and licensed premises, including courtyard dining areas and footpath dining with new bans on smoking (and e-smoking) across Victoria.

Smoking will be banned in the following areas:

 In outdoor areas at hospitality and food venues during the times food is available

 In all outdoor areas at food fairs

 Within 10 metres of a food stall or food vendor at an organised outdoor event.

Council would like to work with all local business and the public to ensure people are made aware of the changes and of their obligations to comply.

As of 1 August, all venues will need to display ‘no smoking’ signage to indicate smoke-free areas.

However, snacks can be consumed in outdoor drinking areas where smoking is permitted (snacks must be pre-packaged, shelf stable food e.g. potato crisps).

Mayor Amanda McClaren said it was important business owners had a clear understanding of the reform requirements relating to their business.

"Failing to comply (with the new legislation) could mean people facing on-the-spot fines for not only the business owner but also any person smoking in the restricted area," she said.

"By keeping the Shire’s outdoor dining areas smoke-free, we protect the community from second-hand smoke, support people in quitting smoking and improves everyone’s outdoor dining experience."

Council has written to all food venue owners currently operating in the Strathbogie Shire, with the State Government providing relevant signage and information packs about the legislation.

If you require further information on the new tobacco reform, please visit www.health.vic.gov.au/tobaccoreforms or call the Tobacco Information Line on 1300 136 775.



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