SMOKING will be banned at Island Park whenever junior sport is played at the two ovals as from April 1.
And smokers caught smoking at the park will be hit with fines ranging from $140 to $700.
The ban was introduced by a State Government amendment of the Tobacco Act (1987) and was adopted by the Glenelg Shire at its January council meeting.
The amendment increases the guidelines implemented in December 2012, which include smoking bans at Victorian patrolled beaches, and now include a 10-metre distance between any smoker and an underage event or activity.
This means spectators at Western Border Football League games will not be allowed to smoke in the grandstand, on the boundary or in their cars whenever junior games are played at Island Park. However, they will be allowed to light up when the under-15 and under-17 games have finished and the reserves and senior games are played, even if either teams have junior players involved.
Glenelg shire council Mayor John Northcott said the smoking bans had been welcomed by the community.
“The Act was first introduced after it was recognised that tobacco use was so injurious to the health of both smokers and non-smokers that it warranted restrictive legislation,” Cr Northcott said.
“The intention of the new bans is to strengthen the existing smoking laws by restricting a child’s exposure to second hand tobacco smoke whenever children are undertaking passive or recreational activities within a public place.
Full story in The Casterton News on Wednesday, March 26, 2014