Qld Councils won’t Enforce New Smoking Bans

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The Local Government Association says it is not surprised councils want no part in enforcing Queensland’s new smoking laws.

Councils can volunteer to police the smoking bans on patrolled beaches, near children’s playgrounds and outside buildings.

But a number of them have this week revealed they have refused.

The association’s Tony Good says he expects most of Queensland’s 125 councils will decline any enforcement role.

“The majority of the anecdotal feedback we’re getting from members would suggest that the majority probably, at this stage, won’t be opting in to the enforcement program,” he said.

“It is understandable given the amount of resources that is required to administer any form of enforcement.”

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