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.