Community engagement on the RMIT University footpaths smoke-free area concluded on 19 August. Project updates are provided below.

The City of Melbourne is committed to protecting the community from passive smoking by expanding smoke-free areas in and around the city. Smoke-free areas assist in de-normalising smoking and support people who are trying to quit, or have recently quit smoking. We are proud to be creating healthy smoke-free environments where people can live, learn, work and play.

Updates

Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback on the proposal to make footpaths bordering RMIT University and City Baths smoke-free. We have had a huge response with over 3000 surveys completed.

We are currently in the process of reviewing this feedback and producing a community engagement report on the findings. These findings will be presented to Council to make a decision on the proposed area in March 2017.

Further updates about this process including the time and date of when the matter will be presented to Council will be provided on this page in due course.

August 19, 2016


The City of Melbourne is committed to protecting the community from passive smoking by expanding smoke-free areas. We are proud to be creating healthy environments for people to live, learn, work and play.

The results from the smoke-free areas community engagement on The Tan and Princes Park running tracks were presented to Council on Tuesday 3 May, 2016. The Community Engagement report showed that the majority of visitors to the running tracks, sporting clubs and general community supported smoking bans in both locations.

After carefully considering all feedback, Council voted to endorse the recommendations. Minutes of the meeting can be viewed on the Council and Committee Meetings page.

The City of Melbourne will ensure the community is fully informed about the new smoking bans and will work closely with the community to promote these areas becoming smoke-free.

May 31, 2016


All feedback received during the engagement process for The Tan and Princes Park Tracks has now been reviewed and a report produced on the outcomes. On Tuesday 3 May 2016, the Future Melbourne Committee will use the report to make a decision on whether to prescribe both of the tracks smoke-free.

Key findings in the report include:

  • The vast majority of visitors to The Tan (81%) and Princes Park (76%) who took part in an intercept survey are in favour of the proposed introduction of smoke-free areas.
  • 79% of individuals and organisations surveyed online believe it would be great if the Princes Park and The Tan running tracks became smoke-free.
  • The introduction of the smoke-free areas will not negatively impact visitation rates to the area, with nearly one half of all visitors (46%) reporting they will be much more likely to visit the area.

The recommendations are for Future Melbourne Committee to approve:

  1. The areas known as The Tan Track and Princes Park Track to be prescribed as smoke-free under Clause 3A.3 of the Activities Local Law 2009.

Tuesday’s meeting will commence at 5.30pm at Melbourne Town Hall. If you would like to read the draft report, are interested in attending or would like to make a submission then please visit the Future Melbourne Committee 3 May 2016 page or email com.meetings@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

We will keep you informed on the outcome of the meeting.

April 29, 2016


Thank you to everyone who joined in the conversation on our proposal to make the running tracks smoke-free. We had a great response with over 1,000 surveys completed!

We are currently in the process of reviewing this feedback and producing a community engagement report on the findings. These findings will be presented to Council to make a decision on the two proposed areas in the coming months.

Further updates about this process and when the matter will be presented to Council will be provided on this page.

March 9, 2016


The City of Melbourne is proud to be creating healthy environments for people to live, learn, work and play. From 1 October, QV Melbourne, Goldsbrough Lane and City Square will be smoke-free. A daytime only ban applies in City Square, 6am – 8pm. These areas join four existing smoke-free laneways; The Causeway, Howey Place, Block Place and Equitable Place.

Community feedback has shown that the majority of people support smoke-free areas and would choose to visit these areas more. However, many people aren’t aware of where these great areas are. Smoke-free areas are not only family-friendly but also provide opportunities to breathe easy while dining, shopping and relaxing.

To raise awareness of these great smoke-free environments and encourage visitation, a public education campaign is planned for Monday 5 to Saturday 10 October. The campaign will be launched by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Dr Sarah White, Quit Victoria, on Monday 5 October at 11.30am in City Square. Everyone is welcome to attend. The launch will be followed by roaming performers spreading the smoke-free message across the city. Look out for the cruiser bike on Monday lunchtime cruising along Swanston Street. View the map of all seven smoke-free areas below.

October 1, 2015


The City of Melbourne is committed to protecting the community from passive smoking by expanding smoke-free areas. We are proud to be creating healthy environments for people to live, learn, work and play.

The results from the smoke-free areas community engagement on City Square, QV Melbourne and Goldsbrough Lane were presented to Council on Tuesday 11 August 2015. The Community Engagement Report showed that the majority of businesses, patrons and the general community supported smoking bans in each location.

After carefully considering all feedback, Council voted to endorse the recommendations. Minutes of the meeting can be viewed on the Council and Committee Meetings page.

From 1 October 2015, City Square will be smoke-free between the hours of 6am and 8pm for a 12 month trial period. All day, 24 hour smoking bans will be in place at Goldsbrough Lane and QV Melbourne, also effective 1 October. The City of Melbourne will ensure the community is fully informed about the new smoking bans and will work closely with businesses to ensure there is a smooth transition to these areas becoming smoke-free.

August 13, 2015


All feedback received during the engagement program for City Square, QV Melbourne and Goldsbrough Lane has now been reviewed and a report produced on the outcomes. On Tuesday 11 August 2015, the Future Melbourne Committee will use that report to make a decision on whether to prescribe the areas smoke-free.

Key findings in the report include:

  • 85 per cent of people who took part in an intercept survey supported or were neutral towards the smoking bans
  • 89 per cent of people who completed an online survey supported the smoking bans
  • A significant number of businesses expressed the view that a blanket ban would be more fair and equitable.

The recommendations are for Future Melbourne Committee to approve:

1. The areas known as QV Melbourne and Goldsbrough Lane to be prescribed as smoke-free areas under Clause 3A.3 of the Activities Local Law 2009.

2. The area known as City Square to be prescribed as a smoke-free area between the hours of 6am and 8pm for a 12 month trial period with management providing a report to Future Melbourne Committee reviewing the trial by November 2016.

Recommendation two is in response to business concern regarding enforcement during late-night operating hours, the open space nature of the square and the low number of children and families present after hours.

The full report can be viewed by visiting the Future Melbourne Committee meeting documentation page.

Tuesday’s meeting will commence at 5.30pm at Melbourne Town Hall. If you are interested in attending or would like to make a final submission please visit the Council and committee meetings page or email com.meetings@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

We will keep you informed on the outcome of the meeting.

August 7, 2015


Thank you to everyone for the valuable input received on the proposed City Square, QV Melbourne and Goldsbrough Lane smoke-free areas. We are currently in the process of reviewing this feedback and producing a community engagement report on the findings.

These findings will be presented to Council to make a decision on the three proposed areas in the coming weeks. Further updates about this process and when the matter will be presented to Council will be provided on this page.

July 1, 2015


The results from the smoke-free areas community engagement on Howey Place, Block Place and Equitable Place were presented to Council on Tuesday 10 March 2015. The community engagement report (PDF, 4.8 MB) showed that the majority of businesses, patrons and the general community supported smoking bans in each laneway.

After carefully considering all feedback, Council voted to endorse the proposal which means that smoking will be permanently banned in these laneways under the Activities Local Law 2009 (Local Law) from 1 April 2015.

The City of Melbourne will continue to consider new areas to become smoke-free in the coming months.

Visit the Council and committee meetings page to view the minutes of Future Melbourne Committee meeting. Alternatively you can call City of Melbourne on 9658 9658.

March 23, 2015


We have finished reviewing all your feedback on Howey Place, Equitable Place and Block Place and will be presenting this to Council at the Future Melbourne Committee meeting on Tuesday 10 March 2015.

At this meeting, Council will consider all feedback and comments contained in a community engagement report and make a decision regarding each proposed smoke-free area. This report is available on the Future Melbourne Committee meeting documentation page.

For more information about the Future Melbourne Committee meeting and how to attend or make a submission visit the Council and committee meetings page or email com.meetings@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

We will continue to provide smoke free areas updates on this page.

March 6, 2015


RMIT footpaths background

RMIT footpaths map

This map shows the footpaths that we are proposing to make smoke-free. Zoom and click on the footpaths for more information.


Section diagram

The image below indicates that the width of the proposed smoke-free area is generally from the relevant building line to the face of the adjacent kerb.

The City of Melbourne has already made nine areas in the central city smoke-free. These include The Causeway, Howey Place, Block Place, Equitable Place, Goldsbrough Lane, QV Melbourne, City Square, The Tan and Princes Park running tracks.

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