Clean air for Beenleigh Town Square
Published: 12 May 2015
Logan City Council has endorsed the development of a local law that will prohibit smoking at the new Beenleigh Town Square at today's Ordinary Council meeting.
When finalised, the new local law will allow the City of Logan's first public mall to be a totally smoke-free zone when construction is complete later this year.
Animals and City Standards Committee Chairperson, Councillor Graham Able (Division 5) said the establishment of a smoke-free zone in the square would bring it in line with other public places in Queensland, including the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane.
"This is going to be a fantastic public space and we want families and everybody else to be able to enjoy the square without having to breathe second-hand smoke," he said.
"While some people may not like this, the vast majority of people are supportive of smoke-free zones and Council will undertake an awareness and education campaign so that everybody is aware of the smoking ban. There will also be signs in place advising people not to smoke in the area or they will risk a fine of $235, which takes the State Government's increase in fines from 1 July 2015 into account."
The new local law is expected to be in place when construction of the Beenleigh Town Square is completed in September 2015 and Council officers will be responsible for enforcing it.
Cr Able said local governments were responsible for enforcing laws they established to prohibit smoking at pedestrian malls and public transport waiting points.
"While Council has only endorsed a local law making process for the Beenleigh Town Square, we will consider implementing a smoking ban at non-enclosed bus stops and taxi ranks on Council-controlled land in the future," he said.
Councillor Jennie Breene (Division 12) said the significant investment in creating the town square precinct would benefit the community for many years to come, especially as Beenleigh was one of the city's primary economic development hubs.
"We do want this precinct to be a hub for the community, and the markets and café that will be here will contribute greatly to establishing this community vibe," she said.
"Creating a smoke-free zone will encourage people of all ages to enjoy the space as we want it to be used."
Cr Able said Queensland Health enforced issues relating to smoking in public places such as schools, playgrounds, hospitals, pubs, clubs, and restaurants and within four metres of a non-residential building entrance.
"To report smoking in these instances Logan residents are encouraged to phone 13 74 68 for a State Environmental Health Officer to attend to their concerns. Queensland Police can also enforce certain smoking breaches such as no-smoking in a car where children under the age of 16 years are present," he said.
For more information, phone Council on 3412 3412.