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Consuming alcohol or smoking in public

Consuming alcohol in public

We restrict times that alcohol can be consumed in public places to lessen the likelihood of unsavoury behaviour, and to help make our Shire safer for residents and visitors.

Alcohol cannot be consumed in a public place between 12noon and 8pm. Public places include roads, footpaths or municipal places excluding municipal reserves (parks and public gardens).

Smoke-free areas

We enforce smoking bans in areas where children play and around food.

Smoke-free areas are important as they:

  • protect the community from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke
  • make smoking in the community less acceptable — the less people see smoking in public places the less they will tend to think it is okay, rather than harmful
  • support people who have quit or are trying to quit smoking

Amendments to the Tobacco Act have extended the areas where smoking is banned across Victoria.

Smoke-free areas include:

  • entrances to indoor children’s play centres, public hospitals and registered community health centres, and certain Victorian Government buildings
  • the grounds of, and entrances to, childcare centres, kindergartens, preschools and primary and secondary schools
  • outdoor recreational areas, including playground equipment, skate parks and sporting venues during under-age sporting events (more information below)
  • outdoor areas at hospitality and food venues used for eating food. This includes footpath dining areas, courtyards and beer gardens during times food is being eaten, or is available to be eaten
  • outdoor areas at food fairs and within 10 metres of a food stall or food vendor at an organised outdoor event
  • outdoor areas of public swimming pools
  • patrolled beaches
  • enclosed workplaces
  • train stations, tram-stop platforms and tram and bus shelters
  • under-age music or dance events

Smoking near children’s recreational areas

Smoking is banned at and within 10 metres of outdoor public children’s playground equipment, skate parks and sporting venues during organised under-age sporting events, as well as in outdoor areas of public swimming pools.

Under the Tobacco Act 1987 smoking is now unlawful within these areas and could result in an infringement penalty.

More information

This page was last updated on 1 July 2021.