Council could soon ban smoking in public places on Coast

RATE PAYERS who want more 'smoke-free' zones on the Fraser Coast been invited by the Fraser Coast Regional Council to make a submission for local law amendment.

The request has come after draft changes to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act made by the Palaszczuk Government mean local governments could soon become "empowered" to ban smoking in any public space not covered by act's proposed amendments.

The draft changes to the act were released Saturday as part of the state government's "Next steps to smoke free Queensland".

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But Councillor Robert Garland wants the public to know review processes will be followed should the proposed changes be accepted after their introduction into state parliament next month.

Cr Garland said the council already had already extended its anti-smoking regulations in 2014 after community feedback was received during the review of local and subordinate laws.

A ban was placed on smoking within four metres of any taxi rank or bus stop within the Fraser Coast.

"The changes were introduced after community feedback and we've had a lot of positive comments since their introduction," Cr Garland said.

"The local laws are continually reviewed to make sure they meet residents' expectations, values and aspirations.

"If residents wanted the council to introduce other changes, such as those suggested in the draft legislation to transform streets and public places not covered by state no-smoking laws into smoke-free zones then they should bring it up during the current Local Law Review.

"Submissions close on October 29 and can be made by logging on to the Have Your Say section of the Council website"

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