Yesterday I had the pleasure of being at Henley Beach and had two cigarettes within the proposed smoke free area. Before I get demonised, it was far from the kids playing in the fountain and from diners, nobody got second hand smoke. As alluded to in a previous answer we self regulated. Whilst I was there I also noted that there were no cigarette butts on the ground. The live and let live, carefree Australia I knew has gone but that doesn't mean we need to add more nanny state laws. It annoys me that what I did yesterday will make me a criminal, threatened with a fine for meeting the intent of the fine already by smoking away from people. Smoking is heavily taxed, and I know that I don't need to contribute any more revenue. (Smokers pay between 5-10 billion dollars into the health system yet only cost 300 million) I also noted that no diners had their feet on the table. To my knowledge it is not against the law but rather a social expectation (self regulated) and diners choose not to do it. If it is against the law I have never heard of a fine being issued for feet on table. Let's face it we all know that being a smoker means that you will get outvoted but have chosen to have a say. My question would be, government campaigns have had huge success, smokers are shunned already, why can't this be left to the success of self regulation and community standards?
Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback about the
proposed smoke free area in Henley Square.
In any application to the Minister to declare an area smoke free, Council is required to demonstrate they have considered the impact on
all community members - smokers and non-smokers alike.
In the Application, Council
has to detail there will still be area/s available for smokers to
The consultation is a great opportunity for the community to
suggest changes to the proposed smoke-free area and you may wish to propose alternate boundaries to the area currently proposed.
While the Tobacco Products Regulation Act provides the
ability to issue an expiation for smoking in a declared smoke-free area, the
intention, and preference, is for the area to be self-regulating.
All feedback received will be included in a report
to Council, so it can be considered to assist in Council making a
How will council police this? What fine will be applied? Smoke knows no boundaries, shouldnt the whole precinct include nearby footpaths also?
Thanks for submitting a question.
We have received feedback from other Councils that already have smoke free areas in place and they have found that it is somewhat self-regulating through the community.
Council officers who are authorised and SA Police who regularly patrol the area will regulate and have the ability to issue a $75
expiation for smoking in a declared smoke-free area. However, in the first instance Council's focus is on awareness and education of the smoke free area.
If you feel the proposed boundary should include the nearby footpaths please complete the survey and include your comments.
Can we please have some mature trees in the square??
We also need more shade over the big lawn area. And maybe some thought to wind breaks?
The Square works well at night, but during the day it's a skin cancer growth centre. There is less shade and wind protection than under the old design.
Hi Pelican Paul
Thanks for your questions.
Feedback sought during consultation of Henley Square identified that enhancing the views of the coast, water and jetty was a high priority and as such the design reflects this focus.
We do encourage the community to bring along their own shade shelters i.e. umbrellas and sun shelters to use on the lawn areas and umbrellas to use on the ripple lounge (holes provided) to enjoy the views.