Environment

Margaret River strip to become smoke-free zone

Margaret River is set to become the first WA town to ban smoking on its main strip after Shire of Augusta councillors passing the smoke-free zone proposal last week.

The arescreen-shot-2016-09-21-at-9-44-49-ama along Bussell Highway, between Higgins Street and Forrest Road, does not include private property or car parks and excludes Reuther Park.

Unlike the City of Perth ban on smoking in public malls, new local law will not be created to legally enforce the ban because the doesn’t have the resources to police the ban.

Instead, they will rely on education in an effort to achieve the same outcome with minimal outlay.

The proposal involves a public education campaign and strategically placed signage, including removal of ashtrays to discourage smokers from lighting up on footpaths on the main street.

Local business owners and workers were consulted before the decision was made, with the survey returning 85 per cent support of the proposal.

The Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association, WA Country Health Service and Cancer Council WA all offered support for the proposal, as well as assistance in the development of policy and implementation.