Introduction of No Smoking on Patrolled Bayside Beaches
29 November 2012
From 1 December 2012, smoking is banned at all patrolled beaches in Victoria. This includes the six patrolled beaches in Bayside - Beaumaris, Brighton, Half Moon Bay, Hampton, Sandringham and Black Rock.
Smoking will be banned between the red and yellow flags and within a 50 metre radius of the red and yellow flags temporarily erected by a Surf Life Saving Victorian club.
The ban will only apply during the busy summer season when the lifesaving flags and patrols are in place. The 50 metre radius ban will not apply beyond the landward edge of the sand but will include the areas covered by sand and water.
The intention of this ban is to protect beach users from second hand smoke and to reduce children's and young people's exposure to smoking which may influence their adult behaviour.
The State Government and bayside Councils will be taking an educational approach to this new initiative in its early stages of implementation, encouraging people to self regulate their smoking on patrolled beaches.
However, visitors to the beach should be aware that infringements of up to $140.84 may be issued for smoking on a patrolled beach.
Over the coming weeks the State Government will provide Local Government with information brochures, posters and palm cards to support the educational campaign, and has already provided standardised no smoking signs for installation at all Victorian patrolled beaches.
For further information Bayside residents should contact Council on 9599 4444.
Page last updated: 29 Nov 2012