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Tobacco Legislation

Smoking Restrictions at Sports Grounds

From April 1, 2014, new smoking laws apply to sports facilities and buildings owned and managed by Warrnambool City Council.

Under these new laws smoking is banned at these buildings and sports facilities at all times.

Smoking is also banned within 10 metres of all Council owned and managed playgrounds, the skate park and AquaZone.

The smoking restrictions apply within the fenced area of a sports ground or facility – including the playing area and all buildings.

Where there is no fence the ban applies within 10 metres of the playing area and all buildings.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in Warrnambool.

About 23 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women living in Warrnambool currently smoke. This is higher than the Victorian average.

There is no “safe” level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Children are particularly susceptible as they have smaller and less developed airways than adults.

De-normalising smoking and reducing the visibility of smokers for children and young people will help show that smoking is not behaviour to be encouraged.

“There is already a high level of awareness within the community about the health risks associated with smoking, including the inhalation of second-hand smoke,” said Mayor Michael Neoh.

“The banning of smoking at sports grounds and council buildings is a logical extension of existing smoking restrictions.

“Given that council invests significant funds into sport programs, reserves and facilities it is appropriate that we take action on this health issue.”

Cr Neoh said that the general approach to the smoking bans at sports facilities will be one of encouragement rather than enforcement.

“This will be a gradual process of people becoming more aware of where they can and cannot smoke,” he said.

“If ongoing issues arise in relation to the bans the Council will assist where appropriate.”

Maps for some popular Council owned and operated sports and recreation facilities can be found above. The area highlighted on each map is the no smoking zone.

For further details contact your sports club or Warrnambool City Council's Recreation Department on 5559 4952 or recreation@warrnambool.vic.gov.au

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