Footpath traders can go smoke free

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Port Phillip businesses are encouraged to become smoke free when renewing their footpath trading permits.

As part of its ongoing commitment to being a healthy city, Port Phillip Council will support businesses that make the smoke free switch by supplying signage and listing the businesses as smoke free on Council’s website.

As a further incentive, every business that applies to be smoke free before 30 June will go in the draw to win $2000 in promotional materials from Council.

Letters to renew footpath trading permits for 2014/15 were sent to businesses last week.
Businesses that voluntarily become smoke free will self-enforce the policy with the signage provided by Council.

Mayor Amanda Stevens said a number of local businesses have already submitted their applications and

“Those early applications are a positive sign that this policy is supported by the business community,” Cr Stevens said.

“If we receive numerous applications from the same precinct, we’ll approach business groups about creating a designated smoke free precinct.

“This would be a major achievement made in partnership with local businesses and Council in helping to create an even healthier city,” she said.

To become smoke free, businesses with outdoor dining areas can complete an online application form at www.portphillipbusiness.com.au/index.php/smoke-free-trading/.

Last week, Port Phillip Council strengthened its health commitment when it introduced a smoking ban on all Council owned and operated buildings starting 31 May.

 

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