A PETITION signed by 1351 people has prompted the Burnie City Council to consider whether to consider a CBD smoking ban.
The council on Tuesday night decided to include the issuein its 2016-17 budget deliberations process.
Burnie CBD smoking ban petition organiser Alan Moret
That would involve considering whether the council would allocate the resources needed to investigate, implement and enforce a smoke free area over the Burnie town centre.
In a report for aldermen, council general manager Andrew Wardlaw listed three options.
They were taking no action in response to the petition, deciding to designate the town centre as a smoke free area or to start a process to further investigate whether to declare all or part of the town centre smoke free.
The last option was the basis of a staff recommendation which was passed unanimously after being moved by Alderman Sandra French and seconded by Alderman Rob Bentley.
As well as deciding to consider whether to investigate, the council noted implementation of the idea required that it must further investigate to assess the likely costs, benefits and effects.
It also noted the petitioners’ concerns were “consistent with the policy principles embodied in the Burnie Smoke Free Area Policy CP-CBS-S-029’’ of 2015.
The council believes there is a potential power under state legislation to declare parts or the whole of public streets or networks of public streets smoke free.
Mr Wardlaw’sreport said a council would need to have enough resources to implement a smoking ban and enforce compliance.
‘’There is little benefit or credibility for a prohibition on smoking unless adequate and effective measures are available to identify the restriction, monitor compliance and action breaches through warnings, infringement and possible court actions,’’ the report said.
‘’Introduction of a smoke free area will create a level of community expectation that it will be enforced so as to exclude smoking.’’
It said the council would need to add a minimum half of a full-time equivalent staff positionto enforce such a ban, which would be equal to a rates increase of up to 0.5 per cent.
The petition was organised by Burnie resident Alan Moret.
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