Environmental tobacco smoke is a potential health risk and there is now sufficient evidence that passive smoking (the involuntary inhalation of side-stream and second-hand tobacco smoke) increases the risk of at least some diseases, particularly disorders and diseases of the respiratory system. Not only do players who smoke reduce the physical level at which their bodies can perform, they are also promoting a product which is hazardous to health and in conflict with the image of sport.

To promote a smoke free environment, Council will discourage smoking on its reserves and parks.
Smoking has been banned in NSW since 7 January 2013 in spectator areas of all sports grounds during organised sport events. The new legislation applies to all sports grounds whether Council owned, Public or Privately owned and operated.

The objectives of Council in banning smoking in various areas are to:

  • Improve the health of community members
  • Improve public amenity and maintenance of Council property
  • Raise community awareness of the issues associated with smoking
  • Provide community leadership in taking measures to protect the health and social wellbeing of the
  • Minimise cigarette butt pollution on Council owned beaches, waterways, parks and other open space