Beaches, foreshore reserves, and tidal pools now all smoke free areas

With the arrival of Spring, Gosford Council has urged the community to be mindful of recently introduced smoking restrictions in the region’s open spaces.

Council’s recently adopted Smoke Free Areas Policy covers additional locations such as beaches, foreshore reserves, tidal pools, bushland reserves and passive reserves. The policy supports the NSW Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 that includes external dining areas, swimming pools, general public spaces and spectator areas.

Director of community growth, Ms Judy Jaeger said Council has widened the restrictions originally introduced by the NSW Government in order to provide safe breathing conditions in all Gosford public spaces.

“These measures have been introduced to ensure the local community has access to safe public spaces that offer maximum protection from the harmful health and social impacts of smoking,” Ms Jaeger said.

“Our beaches and foreshores are very popular spots as the weather warms up and Gosford families and residents have the right to enjoy our pristine natural environment in a smoke free setting.

“These restrictions are also part of our wider commitment to make Gosford a safe, healthy and welcoming space for locals and visitors alike. “It also contributes to helping the Council protect and preserve these natural public spaces from the waste associated with smoking.

“In the lead up to Spring and Summer, it is important for the community to familiarise themselves with the new smoke free areas.”

Media release,
Sep 2, 2015
Gosford Council media