Smoking ban tipped for Cottesloe beaches in new year

Cottesloe Beach.
Cottesloe Beach.

SMOKING could now be banned on Cottesloe’s beaches in the new year after a change to local laws was gazetted before State Parliament finished sitting for 2017 last week.

The gazetted change to the Local Government Property Local Law would allow the Cottesloe Council to install signs that stopped smoking on beaches, and 5m from the entrances and exits of any premises.

“The ban on smoking will need to go to council for their determination and resolution on where the ban will be enforced, and we are planning for this to go to council in early 2018,” a council spokeswoman said.

“Cigarette butts littering the beach are not just an eyesore but a danger to birds and marine life, while second-hand cigarette smoke is unpleasant and a health risk,” Mayor Phil Angers said.

The change was gazetted on November 14, and came into force 14 days later.

To be completely lawful, it requires MPs in both houses of Parliament to have 14 sitting days to potentially propose a disallowance of the change.

Because Parliament rose last week, MLAs have until March 15 to propose a disallowance, and MLCs until March 29.

However, any disallowance motion is not expected.