THE Clarence City Council’s environmental health unit is on a mission to butt out smoking in the Rosny Bus Mall, as part of the Breathe Easy Clarence – Smoke Free Area campaign.
The council is continuing to create and expand healthy and welcoming spaces for the community, like establishing a smoke-free area around Blundstone Arena which is patrolled during Big Bash and AFL games.
While the Bus Mall has been a declared smoke-free area for many decades under the Public Health Act 1997, a new plan for the area has identified where appropriate smoke-free signage could more clearly communicate the guidelines.
In response to ongoing public demand, and after consulting with stakeholders including business owners, Tas Police, the Tobacco Control Unit and Eastlands management, new signage has been erected throughout Rosny Bus Mall featuring the public health message ‘Breathe Easy – You are in a SMOKE FREE area’.
In addition to helping smokers make the right decision when lighting up, having clear signage will also assist council officers enforcing regulations and identify smoke-free spaces for the wider community.
Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman hopes the installation of clearer signage in the bus mall will help create a more welcoming atmosphere for families.
“There is always strong public support for greater, more heavily monitored smoke-free public areas around Clarence,” he said.
“I am very pleased to be able to continue to create healthier environments for our community, which directly relates to one of council’s strategic goals of being a people-friendly city.”
With the signage in place, council Environmental Health Officers will perform regular visits to the mall to monitor compliance.