Smoking ban nearer

Travis Deane is urging the State Government to fix a section of the bike path where he was recently injured in a collision with another cyclist. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d403022
Travis Deane is urging the State Government to fix a section of the bike path where he was recently injured in a collision with another cyclist. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d403022

A report to the City of Perth general purposes committee showed 31 responses were received since the proposed ban went to public comment, with only four objections.

The committee has recommended that the full council support the ban at a forthcoming meeting.

If it does, the ban is expected to come into effect by the end of July.

One objector said the ban would ‘drive more people out of the city.’ But the report says prohibiting smoking in the malls could be considered as similar to bans in force at shopping centres.

Cr James Limnios said banning smoking in the two malls was a response to societal changes.

‘In reality the malls are like the malls of a shopping centre but they are open air,’ he said. ‘We probably didn’t know 50 years ago what we know today. I think it is our duty as civic leaders that we support this ban.’

A $75,000 Healthway grant will be used to advertise the ban and fund an ambassador program.

The City will also apply for a $10,000 Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA grant to pay for signage.