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Smoking ban considered for outdoor dining areas

A SMOKING ban will be considered in Wollongong city’s al fresco cafés and restaurants from January 1.

Wollongong City councillors voted for a round of public consultation to examine the community’s thoughts on banning smoking in the city’s outdoor dining areas at the June 12 meeting.

The consultation will be completed by the end of the year, and will also gauge the community’s opinion on banning smoking in the Crown Street Mall once its refurbishment has been finished.

“This decision reflects an awareness of health issues associated with smoking, and I welcome this phase of consultation as I believe it’s another important step towards making Wollongong a vibrant and healthy place to live,’’ Acting Lord Mayor David Brown said.

“I’d encourage everyone to share their thoughts and opinions on what they think of banning smoking at al fresco dining areas, and in the Crown Street Mall, once the consultation begins.’’

The outdoor dining ban resolution followed a request by councillors in March for a report on the feasibility and consequences of its implementation in the Crown Street Mall.

For more information call Council on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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