Smoking banned on one of Perth’s most popular beaches

Smoking banned on one of Perth’s most popular beaches

SMOKING will be banned on beaches and reserves west of Marine Parade and Curtin Avenue along 4.5km of coast in Cottesloe.

“It has to be a positive move for the marine environment to reduce microplastics from butts, and create a healthier open-air environment,” ban initiator Cr Sally Pyvis said.

Councillors voted for the ban in Cr Pyvis’ absence, ending her four-year campaign last night.

“It’s not about fining people for smoking, it’s about public education not to pollute,” she said.

In 2016, the Department of Local Government challenged her original proposal because it may not have come under the powers delegated to council by Parliament.

Today, she said it was understood the ban would include the iconic grass terraces at Cottesloe Beach, and beachside lawns and bush from the Mosman Park border to the North Street roundabout 4.5km north.

It may also affect smokers in the car parks built into the reserves at Dutch Inn, The Cove and opposite the Cottesloe Beach Hotel.

Cr Pyvis defended the possible impact on foreign tourists who may want to smoke after a swim or while watching the sea.

“Look at France where they’ve banned smoking in public places in Paris, so it’s a worldwide trend, and it should be a drawcard,” she said.

State laws mean smokers can be fined up to $1000 for the habit on patrolled sections of beaches, playgrounds, shopping centres, bars, restaurants and when driving in a car with a child under 17.

Cottesloe’s final public consultation for its wider ban drew 12 responses, of which only two were against the proposal.

Small signs for the ban are now being prepared by the council.

However, it may take up to six months for Parliament to approve the new local law.