The City of Melbourne is committed to protecting the community from passive smoking by expanding smoke-free areas in and around the city.
The smoke-free areas project began with a smoke-free pilot in one of Melbourne's well-known laneways, The Causeway. After a successful six-month trial in 2013, the laneway became permanently smoke-free in May 2014.
The project has seen a total of 12 smoke-free areas implemented across the municipality.
This includes Bourke Street between Elizabeth Street and Russell Place (including Bourke Street Mall), which became smoke-free from 4 October 2019.
Timeline item 1 - complete
The Causeway becomes smoke-free following a six-month pilot
Timeline item 2 - complete
Howey Place, Equitable Place, Block Place, City Square, QV Melbourne and Goldsborough Lane become smoke-free following community consultation
Timeline item 3 - complete
The Tan and Princes Park running track become smoke-free following community consultation
Timeline item 4 - complete
RMIT University Footpaths finding presented to Council and council did not endorse this area to become smoke-free
Timeline item 5 - complete
Fulham Place and Collins Way become smoke-free following community consultation
Timeline item 6 - complete
Bourke Street becomes smoke-free following community consultation
4 October 2019
Timeline item 7 - complete
Community consultation for Market Street
13 July to 9 August
Timeline item 8 - complete
Market Street Park becomes smoke-free
15 September 2020