Where are the smoke-free zones?

    Victorian legislation already provides for smoke-free areas, such as train platforms, tram stops, tram and bus shelters, and outdoor dining areas. Council’s Smoke-free Outdoor Policy provides for the extension of the existing smoke-free area to our footpaths, walkways, plazas, and other public open spaces.

    Council proposes to prescribe the high foot traffic areas within 14 of the Activity Centres as smoke-free zones. These Activity Centres are Caulfield Station Precinct, Carnegie, Elsternwick, Bentleigh, Glen Huntly, Alma Village, Bentleigh East, Caulfield Park, Caulfield South, Hughesdale, McKinnon, Murrumbeena, Ormond and Patterson. 

    Maps of the proposed smoke-free zones can be viewed here: (link)

    Smoke-free zones do not include businesses that allow smoking in designated areas under current State Government legislation or private homes.

    Where can I get a copy of the proposed Smoke-Free Zones?

    Maps of the proposed Smoke-Free Zones are available for download on this website in the 'Document Library' section.

    How can I make a submission about the proposed Smoke-Free Zone?

    Council must receive written submissions by 23 August 2021. 

    In addition to making a submission on this HaveYourSay website, you can make a written submission by:

    • sending it in the mail, addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Glen Eira City Council, PO Box 42 Caulfield South 3162
    • sending your submission by e-mail to smokefreelocallaw@gleneira.vic.gov.au

    What does Council consider when proposing an area to be smoke-free?

    The proposed Smoke-Free Zones Local Law provides that Council must have regard for the following factors when proposing an area to be smoke-free:

    • the size of the proposed smoke-free zone;
    • the proximity of the proposed smoke-free zone to a public place, part or all of which is not in a smoke-free zone;
    • the opinions of any person who is the owner or occupier of any part of the proposed smoke-free zone;
    • the opinions of any person who is the owner or occupier of any part of the area immediately adjoining the proposed smoke-free zone;
    • the extent and outcome of any community consultation on the proposed smoke-free zone;
    • any evidence of benefits to the community which would be achieved by Council prescribing the proposed smoke-free zone; 
    • any evidence of detriments to the community which would be caused by Council prescribing the proposed smoke-free zone; and
    • any other factors that Council considers relevant.

    What are the benefits of smoke-free zones?

    Smoke-free zones aim to protect the community from second-hand smoke, creating a healthier, safer space for everyone. Smoke-free zones also help promote non-smoking behaviour and provide a supportive environment for people trying to quit or who have recently quit. 

    Smoke-free zones benefit our local traders who can promote and share in a local environment that is healthier and inviting for customers, other businesses and visitors.

    How will the smoke-free zones be enforced?

    We are looking to develop a local law that will complement existing State Government legislation. In the meantime, the most important component of the smoke-free zones will be working together with all local businesses and community members who use and visit our Activity Centres — letting people know the benefits of smoke-free environments and inviting people not to smoke in these spaces.

    When will the smoke-free zone’s be enforced?

    Enforcement of the Local Law will only commence six months after an Activity Centre has been designated a smoke-free zone to provide an adjustment period.

    How does a smoke-free zone work?

    A smoke-free zone designates an area within an Activity Centre (shopping strip) where smoking is prohibited. This does not include areas within the public footpath where patrons can smoke in ‘outdoor drinking areas.’  (where current State Government permits smoking ) and private homes.

    My business allows smoking in an outdoor drinking area on the footpath – is this affected?

    No, this is permitted under Victorian State Government legislation and remains unchanged under the proposed local law. Council will encourage permit holders not to allow patrons to smoke in ‘outdoor drinking areas.’

    Aren’t there already smoke-free zones in Elsternwick, Carnegie and Bentleigh? What changes?

    While there are currently smoke-free zones in these centres, they are voluntary and cannot be enforced without a Local Law. Once boundaries for all of the Activity Centres have been confirmed, the process to make a new Local Law will commence. The smoke-free zones in Elsternwick, Carnegie and Bentleigh Activity Centres have been revised to align with the proposed Local Law.

    How can businesses be involved?

    Local businesses are key stakeholders in our Activity Centres. Council would like to partner with our traders to support and promote healthier environments for shoppers and visitors. Council will provide advice and promotional materials to support local traders to adjust to smoke-free zones.

    Further assistance

    If you cannot communicate via email, please phone Council on 9524 3333 to make alternative arrangements. An interpreter service is available.

    What's next?

    Council officers will prepare a report for the Local Laws Advisory Committee containing all of the submissions received and recommendations on whether changes to the boundaries of the proposed smoke-free zones are warranted.

    How is my personal information managed?

    • Glen Eira City Council (Council) is committed to protecting the personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (PDP Act).
    • Personal information is collected by Council only for the purpose of Council’s functions set out in the Local Government Act  2020. Specifically, personal information is collected for the intended purpose only and for remaining in contact with you. In certain circumstances, we may disclose information about you where permitted or authorised under the PDP Act or other applicable law.
    • Your contact details are not made public as part of the submission process. You may make your submission anonymously. Council will still review your submission. However, Council will be unable to contact you if it needs to verify details in your submission. 
    • Submitters should note that all submissions received (including any personal information contained therein) may be made public unless you request that it is not be made public or Council considers it should not be made public. That will usually only occur for reasons associated with fairness. Submissions that are made public may include redactions made that Council considers appropriate.
    • Submissions may be included within the official Council agenda and minutes, which are permanent public documents available on Council’s website. 
    • If you would like to know more about privacy at Council, including your right to seek access to your personal information, contact Council’s privacy officer on 9524 3333. Council’s Privacy Policy is available here.
    • All Council records, including submissions, are subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.