Council wants input on Baw Baw Smoke Free Policy
 Baw Baw News  

By // 12:53, Friday 13 July 2012

Butt in: The Baw Baw Shire Council wants community feedback on its Smoke Free Outdoor Areas policy. Image: William Kulich.

The Baw Baw Shire Council is inviting members of the community and business owners to give feedback on its Smoke Free Outdoor Areas policy.

The trial policy was introduced on August 1 last year, restricting smoking on council property, in busy pedestrian areas, near playgrounds and kindergartens, and in alfresco dining areas.

Baw Baw Shire Mayor Diane Blackwood is encouraging the community to take part in the one year review of the policy.


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“We want to know what residents felt worked well and where residents felt there were areas that could have been improved,” Cr Blackwood said.

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“Did you know which areas were smoke free? Was the signage clear? Did your shopping or dining experiences change during the trial? These are the sorts of questions we want residents to answer so we can gain a thorough understanding.”

As part of the community consultation the council will mail a survey to all Baw Baw business owners in affected areas, business groups involved in the pre-trial consultation, and a random 500 residents.

The council is also conducting an online survey and an e-poll.

You can find the survey on the Baw Baw Shire website and at Council Customer Service Centres.

Feedback will be accepted until Tuesday July 24.

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