Friday, 12th December, 2014

The Auckland Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Cancer Society in urging Auckland Council to include Smokefree outdoor dining in their current ‘Trading and Events in Public Places’ bylaw review.

“As well as health benefits, ratepayers would gain from Council not having to establish and police a separate bylaw and our research shows strong public and hospitality industry support for smokefree outdoor dining elsewhere, especially Australia,” said Auckland Chamber of Commerce head Michael Barnett.

Auckland Council’s Regulatory and Bylaw Committee is currently merging and upgrading the various legacy bylaws from the old city structure. The Cancer Society is scheduled to present to the Committee next Monday. Meanwhile a separate review of Council’s comprehensive smokefree policy is scheduled for 2016, including extending the policy to outdoor dining in 2018.

It makes practical sense to bring the two reviews together, agreed Mr Barnett.

Smokefree outdoor dining is well established, accepted and effective in many places in Australia. Surveys confirm strong business support in places such as Manly in Sydney which has had smokefree outdoor dining for 10 years.

Recent surveys in Victoria and Queensland where smokefree outdoor dining has been introduced indicate that most businesses report that the smoke-free policy was easy to implement and most customers responded positively.

For more information contact Michael Barnett, mobile: 0275 631 150.

Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce.