VINCENT council is looking at banning smoking in five town centre areas.
Boundaries drafted by the city will go out for public consultation, and then come back to council for the vote. If the new rules are approved, smoking would be punished by a $100 fine in:
• Leederville’s Oxford Street retail strip along with the southern park, and the village square and the nub of Newcastle Street;
• Beaufort Street from Walcott Street down to St Alban’s Ave;
• In Mount Hawthorn from the shopping strip at the northern end of Oxford Street, heading west along the Scarborough Beach Road shopfronts, and extending to encompass Braithwaite Park.
• In North Perth, on Fitzgerald Street from Chelmsford Road up to Angove Street, and then west along Angove to the Macedonian church.
• William Street from Bulwer to Newcastle Streets.
To give the smoke-free zones some teeth the council’s asking the state parliament to approve new local laws that’d attach a $100 fine to smoking in those zones.
Persistent smokers could be fined $200 if they refuse to butt-out when directed by an authorised person, such as a council ranger.
Five information sessions will be held at dusk in each town centre through to August; dates via imagine.vincent.wa.gov.au or call 9273 6000.
The ban proposal follows in the wake of Vincent council looking at ways to halt the spread of smoke shops in the city.
By DAVID BELL