SMOKING will be banned at the new Adventure Playground in Brelsford Park as part of a Coffs Harbour City Council initiative to keep all new play areas smoke-free.
“The dangers of passive smoking have been known for some time and new legislation is regularly put in place to limit smoking in public, indoor places,” mayor Keith Rhoades said.
“There is also an increasing amount of evidence of the serious health impacts of passive smoking on people in outdoor areas – and children are the most vulnerable to the effects of passive smoking.
“Smoking has been banned at the BCU International Stadium – apart from certain designated areas – since the beginning of the year and Council also intends to put similar prohibitions in place at all new playgrounds. The new, hugely popular Adventure Playground is the first example of this policy,” he said.
Smoking will be banned within the perimeter of the playground and to a distance of 10 metres beyond. Signs highlighting the ban will be installed in the Park.
“Although Council has the ability to issue penalty notices through its rangers, we are hoping that people will see the sense in not smoking around young children and abide by the ban. We have had a lot of community feedback that suggests a smoking ban at playgrounds will be a popular move and will be enforced through public awareness,” Acting Director of City Services Jenni Eakins said.
Alcohol, glass containers, loitering and anti-social behaviour will also be prohibited at all times at the Adventure Playground.