City of Wanneroo coy on smoking ban

Is a smoking ban on the horizon for central Wanneroo?
Is a smoking ban on the horizon for central Wanneroo?

IF there is a smoking ban proposal on the horizon for Wanneroo’s town centre, the City is seemingly not ready to say much about it.

A media report this morning suggested a smoking ban for the town centre would be raised in council in December or January.

But the City of Wanneroo says “no dates or details” have been discussed about a smoking ban in the City’s CBD.

A City of Wanneroo spokeswoman referred the Times to Wanneroo’s Public Health Plan, released in 2014, which aimed to produce strategies by 2017.

“There is a current action in our Public Health Plan to develop a City-wide policy on smoking,” she said.

“Discussions regarding the detail of that policy are still very much in the formative stages,” she said.

The document said key outcomes of that policy would be “implementation of smoke free signage” and “smoke free sponsored events”.

The Augusta Margaret River Shire council this week became the first WA local government to adopt a proposal to discourage smoking in its town centre.

But it did not a create local law, which would give officers the power to fine those who ignored the non-smoking request.