Smoke-free policy made public

The Council’s proposed tobacco policy changes were presented to the public and the community was encouraged to speak out about smoking in our shared spaces.

Recommended policy changes include:

  • Extending the smoking ban in the Tamworth CBD to include the part of Peel Street between Bourke Street and Darling Street.
  • Establishment of a smoke-free zone in Kootingal along Gate Street.
  • Setting up a smoke-free zone in Nundle along Jenkins Street.

Tamworth Area Council Compliance Officer Ross Briggs said supporting the overall health of our communities is a key part of the Council’s Blueprint 100 strategy, making the area more livable.

“The policy aims to make our shared spaces clean, inviting and family-friendly. It is important to consider the impact of second-hand smoke, especially in places where children may be exposed. Everyone is encouraged to help monitor these regulations, but penalties of up to $110 may occur under certain circumstances.

Councilor Helen Tickle helped pass the original policy in Tamworth, Manila and Barraba in 2015.

“The council has seen a significant decrease in the use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes in these areas, and it’s great to see these smoke-free zones embraced by these communities,” she said.

“People understand that these changes are not just about the smoking community, but about the health and comfort of the whole community. The policy review is another step forward in making our common areas safe and healthy for all,”

At a recent Council meeting on June 28, the decision was taken to include Gate Street, Kootingal and Jenkins Street, Nundle despite the results of a community survey in these areas revealing that over 60% of residents did not want not that their main streets are included.

“It was felt that further consultation with the wider community would be beneficial as most of the concerns raised in the survey centered on a perceived impact on hotel guests in Nundle and Kootingal. The community is assured that both areas would not be affected by the adoption of this policy, as they are off-street locations run by the hotels,” Briggs explained.

The proposed policy changes will be on public display through Monday, August 22, with all community members invited to speak in person, via email or through the MyTRC online community.

Comments received will be compiled with those collected earlier this year from the communities of Nundle and Kootingal. All comments will be made available to the Board for consideration.

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