Accept Council policy for smoke-free outdoor dining.
  • Petitioned Sauti Thai

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Parramatta Freedom Business Association
Sauti Thai
Parramatta Freedom Business Association
Black Angus
Parramatta Freedom Business Association
City Extra
Parramatta Freedom Business Association
Harry's Cafe De Wheels
Parramatta Freedom Business Association
Kouzin
Parramatta Freedom Business Association
The Chocolate Room
Parramatta Freedom Business Association
Armani

Accept Council policy for smoke-free outdoor dining.

    1. WSCAN Parramatta Cancer Action Network
    2. Petition by

      WSCAN Parramatta Cancer Action Network

      Australia

Most people in the community want to be able to enjoy a meal outdoors without breathing in other people’s smoke.

As a group who either have been affected by cancer or who have loved ones who have, we care about our health and want to be able to dine outdoors free of smoke. Some of us are affected by asthma, some of us have children working in hospitality and we all want to take our children and grandchildren out to eat in a safe environment.

Parramatta Council  has recently brought in a policy for smoke-free alfresco dining on land leased from council such as footpaths. We’ve also seen NSW Government legislation, introduced to Parliament that will hopefully protect the community from second hand smoke across the state, but the detail is not yet finalised.

Yet a few restaurants in Parramatta continue to oppose the Council smoke-free policy. According to the local press these restaurants are Armani, Kouzina Greco, The Chocolate Room, Saute Thai, Black Angus, Thai in a Box, Café Lime, City Extra and Harry’s Café de Wheels. More recently, the Parramatta Business Freedom Association and Armani restaurant, according to court documentation, challenged the policy through the Land and Environment Court. Last week the court handed down a decision that confirmed Council has the power to ban smoking in footway restaurants.

At the state level, the hospitality industry has a long record of resisting public health initiatives that reduce the harms from smoking. Years ago, pubs and clubs were exempted from indoor smoke-free laws, then they lobbied the State Government for smoking to be allowed to continue in ‘pseudo-outdoor areas’. Over the past few years, hospitality groups have been arguing against  smoke-free legislation covering places where people gather to eat and drink. The current action by a small number of restaurants is just one local example of the industry’s continued opposition to measures that protect public health that the community itself has been asking for.

Our fear is that the hospitality bodies and tobacco industry will continue to find ways around new public health measures at local, state, national and even international levels – and we need to tell them that enough is enough! Lots of individual restaurants and cafes are keen to go smoke-free and have adapted as new measures are introduced. Why let a small number of venues dictate the public discussion about this issue?

Parramatta Council went through an exhaustive process over 2 years of community surveys and consultations before introducing this policy. A 2009 survey found 87% of residents supporting alfresco dining areas being smoke-free. In 2011, a survey showed non-smokers spend more than smokers at each visit to a restaurant.

Smoke-free dining protects those who work in restaurants from regular exposure to dangerous second-hand smoke. Smoke-free dining means families can safely enjoy eating out and walk along footpaths adjacent to restaurants without breathing toxic smoke.

We need to send a message to restaurant operators, particularly those in Parramatta, that resistance to smoke-free outdoor dining at a local or state level is futile and goes against community expectations. The vast majority of the community (their customers) want smoke-free dining, to protect public health and enhance the enjoyment of dining out.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. A big thank you to those that signed our petition … it was a win … BUT …..

      Last night, Parramatta Council met for the first time since the Land and Environment Court case brought by the Parramatta Business Freedom Association that is trying to overturn the smoke-free outdoor dining policy. The public gallery was packed and the debate about the Smoking in Public Places Policy and Outdoor Dining Policy was vibrant and at times heated, despite the fact that these policies, first passed unanimously in November 2011, were again presented to Councillors last night on what the Lord Mayor Lorraine Warne stated, in no uncertain terms, amounted to a technicality. However, sense prevailed and after 90 minutes of vigorous discussion, Parramatta City Councillors finally voted 6 to 4 in favour of the Smoking in Public Places Policy and Outdoor Dining Policy. So for now, the smoke-free outdoor dining policies will be reinstated for ALL restaurants and cafes in the area retrospective to 1 May 2012.

    2. However, we still need your support.

      Frustratingly, we suspect that this will not be the end of this action. The Business Freedom Association made sure they were noticed last night – there were over 40 people in the gallery and outside the Council chambers carrying placards with slogans like No Discrimination Against Smokers and We Demand Our Right to Smoke. The Association also had a Councillor table a petition of somewhere between 1000 and 10,000 signatures (he seemed a little confused about the exact number).

    3. So … let’s continue to act!

      We need your help to continue to show the Association that they are out of step with the community. We need you to send this link to all your networks, post it on facebook and twitter, use any social media available to you to let people know about this important issue. The Parramatta Business Freedom Association is fiercely opposed to these policies … let’s show them, and any others considering similar action, that the 87% of community that support smoke free outdoor areas are also a force to be reckoned with.

    4. Reached 300 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Bob Daisley SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      People have a right to clean air wherever they are, be it dining, working or anywhere. These smoking addicts are the minority, why should they even be considered? Smoking should be banned publicly altogether.

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    • Rufina Djo MINCHINBURY, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I don;t smoke and its bad for my health

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    • Lou Orton BREAKFAST POINT NSW, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      We need to work together to reduce cancer.

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    • Marcia Narunsky DARLING POINT, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Passive smoking is a health risk to staff, patrons and particularly pregnant women and children. Many people are allergic to smoke which has an unpleasnt odour. Having worked with cancer patients I can tell you that smoke related illness not only kills but destroys innocent family mambers as well!

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    • Saskia Gatti ROSEVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Smoking kills

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