Trial a breath of fresh air for Sunbury

Smoking will be banned for one year around the restaurant and café strip of O’Shanassy Street in Sunbury.

Hume City Council has determined that the east side of O’Shanassy Street is to be smoke-free between Station Street and Brook Street, from 4 April 2016 until 4 April 2017.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said there has been overwhelming support for a trial of smoke-free dining.

“We surveyed more than 150 people along O’Shanassy Street in November and December, and 88.5 per cent of respondents said they wanted a non-smoking trial,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“This ban will help to attract more and more families to what has become a truly premier dining precinct.

“The smoke-free trial will protect diners from second-hand smoke, so that they can enjoy their meal in a safe and healthy environment.

“It will also help to support smokers who would like to quit, and make the strip a little more comfortable for people who have recently given up cigarettes.”

Council will erect signs on the footpath and at dining tables along the east side of O’Shanassy Street to let people know about the ban.

No person shall be permitted to light a cigarette between a shop front and the road throughout the trial.

While Hume City Council anticipates that the vast majority of people will adhere to the ban, anyone who refuses to butt out a cigarette will risk a fine of up to $200.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Council wanted residents and traders to provide feedback about the trial.

“Council officers will continually evaluate the trial and we’re keen to know what people think about it,” she said.

“Hume City Council will consider the views of everyone when it decides whether to make the dining area smoke-free permanently.”

People who would like to have their say about the non-smoking trial can call 03 9205 2200 or email healthytogether@hume.vic.gov.au

A survey will also be available online from April at www.hume.vic.gov.au/smokefreedining

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume City Council had worked hard to enhance the east side of O’Shanassy Street.

“Hume has completed a $2.1 million upgrade to help beautify what has become a very popular dining precinct,” she said.

“We’ve removed garden beds to provide more room for outdoor tables, and placed powerlines underground so that trees can grow to their natural shape.

“Fairy lights now also adorn the street’s mature elm trees, and they offer a spectacular ambience for diners each evening.

“O’Shanassy Street is a great place to go, and I’m confident that Hume’s smoke-free trial on its east side will help people to breathe a little easier.”

Smokers who would like to quit may seek assistance through Quitline on 13 78 48 or Sunbury Community Health on 03 9744 4455.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 10 February 2016


Updated : 10:28 AM, 15 February 2016

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