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Council trialling Smoke Free Zones in city centres
Georges River Council has begun the rollout of Smoke Free Zones in what will initially be a six month trial in partnership with NSW Health. Mayor Kevin Greene explained that the establishment of the trial program focuses on Kogarah Town Square, Hurstville Memorial Square and Hurstville Plaza. andldquo;The focus of this trial will be to inform the community that these designated areas are smoke-free, and also encourage healthier living by providing information on quitting smoking,andrdquo; said Mayor Greene. andldquo;This is not about enforcement, itandrsquo;s about educating the public to make them aware that smoking, spitting and littering affects the amenity of public spaces. andldquo;Our Council Rangers will be on patrol in order to engage with the public and encourage compliance through education and conversation. andldquo;The signage we have placed is to deter people from smoking, spitting and littering, and contains notification of the possible fine amounts. andldquo;Once the trial period is complete, a further report will be presented to Council on any outcomes achieved,andrdquo; added Mayor Greene. NSW Health has also committed to conducting a number of no smoking blitzes at key public transport locations within the Hurstville and Kogarah CBDs during February and March to help enforce no smoking requirements contained within the Smoke-Free Environment Act, 2000 and the Smoke-Free Environment Regulation, 2016. A report on the effectiveness of the trial and recommendations for the future of the Smoke Free Zones will be provided to Council in September 2019.