Parents vs kids at Auskick this morning. Parents won - woohoo!
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3 days ago
Good onya Stu
As someone that works full-time and is a Councillor in his “spare time”, today is a great day. A very rare day, but a great day.
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4 days ago
Vaccinations! ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
** PROPOSAL FOR OUTDOOR DINING AREAS TO BECOME SMOKE FREE **
As we’ve come out of the COVID-19 lock-downs we’ve seen, now more than ever, how important outdoor dining has become. As a father of three girls, and with another child on the way, I have avoided some popular eating areas area due to the amount of passive smoke that my children have been exposed to.
The State Government introduced new laws in 2017 to curb smoking at outdoor dining venues. Council is proposing to introduce new outdoor dining permit conditions, and Local Laws, to ensure the intent of this law is upheld. It has always been Council’s strongly stated view that the use of public land for outdoor dining is for just that, outdoor dining. Anyone that has frequented Eaton Mall (as an example) since the new State laws were introduced, will be well aware that our outdoor dining areas have been instead used to serve “snacks” or “drinks”, thus allowing smoking to occur.
In December 2020, Council resolved to update our Footpath Trading and Access Policy to require that food be made available at all times on any public land made available for outdoor dining. For the avoidance of doubt, this change would have the effect of requiring all outdoor public dining areas to be smoke free.
Council’s intent is for the new changes to come in to effect on the 1st of July, 2021.
I, for one, cannot wait for this change to occur, and despite some people who will inevitably be unhappy with the change, I know that the overwhelming majority of our community will share my sentiments.
Although feedback for this proposal has technically closed, you are welcome to reach out to Councillors to express your views. Councillor's contact details can be found here: www.monash.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Council/Councillors
Specific details of the proposal are available in the December and January Council reports, listed below
Jan: www.monash.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/about-us/council/council-meetings/2021-27-january/1.7-r... ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
I moved down from Queensland about three years ago, stunned to see that all these smoking laws are so fragmented in Victoria. It's great that Eatons mall will go smoke free. I might actually eat there now, rather than get through it as quickly as possible to get to the supermarket.
So excited for this change - was just talking about it today with a friend as we ate at Vanilla, smoke free! The south end is horrible to walk through. Thanks, council!
Great. Bring it on. Many locals stay away from any businesses in Eaton Mall due to their disregard of health laws and have own rules from seat to seat, to table by table. 1 clear ban is needed.
Agree with you Cr Stuart James
I avoid Eaton mall also. It's unpleasant to be there and that's definitely not what locals want for our principal shopping and dining district.