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					It’s the Right Thing to Do                                    Keep off the Dunes
The negative health, litter and pollution                     Changes to the local law also mean that all sand dune
consequences of smoking are now generally                     areas of beaches throughout the Shire are prohibited
accepted. The community also understands that                 areas. This applies to all fenced sand dune areas and,
broken glass is a health risk and a clean up problem.
Surf Coast Shire is the first Victorian council to ban
                                                              where an area is unfenced, the entire sand dune from
                                                              the bottom of the sand dune closest to the sea.                                                    No Butts
smoking and glass on its beaches, but with 55 kms of
coastline, we will need your help to make this work. So
please, do the right thing and encourage others to do                                                                                                              No Cuts
so too.
The police and our local laws officers now have the                                                                                                smoke free and glass free beaches
power to issue a $100 on the spot fine, with higher
penalties able to be determined by the courts, should
it get that far.
But we would prefer people to show their respect for
others and for the environment by observing the rules.
it’s simple - no smoking on any sand areas of our
beaches at any time. and no glass containers either.
Smokers can use the foreshore areas beside the main
beaches and dispose of their cigarette butts in one of
the bins provided.
Taking these extra steps simply reinforces existing
bans on drinking alcohol in public places and littering.




banned on the sand : glass off the grass                     banned on the sand : glass off the grass                                              banned on the sand : glass off the grass
                                                                               More Information                                                    Smoking & Glass are banned on
        NO SmOkiNG or GlaSS                                       For more information about these changes contact                                       all sand areas of
        on any sand area of any                              Surf Coast Shire’s Regulatory Services Unit on 5261 0600
                                                                                                                                                         all Surf Coast beaches
        beach, all year round.                                or the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee on 5220 5055
                                                           (The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is the land manager for much of our foreshore.)         all year round
No Butts : No Cuts!
Surf Coast Shire Council has amended its local                                              The changes have been guided by input from the general
                                                                                            community, Council’s three Community Impact Advisory
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Environment
law to:
                                                                                            Committees (CIAC’s) and a working group that included the Great                                              Over 32 billion cigarette butts are dropped in Australia
                                                                                            Ocean Road Coast Committee, DSE (who between them are the                                                    each year Butts are a major source of beach pollution
• make the sand areas of all beaches in the                                                                                                                                                              and are difficult and expensive to clean up. They contain
                                                                                            land managers for our coast) and the Surfrider Foundation.
  Shire smoke and glass-free all year round                                                                                                                                                              pollutants that can harm wildlife and damage coastal
                                                                                            They reflect far reaching government and other health,                                                       environments. Butts can take up to five years to break
• designate three foreshore grass areas glass-                                              environment and anti litter campaigns and a changing                                                         down in sea water.
  free from 15 November to 31 January each year.                                            community attitude towards our health, wellbeing and
                                                                                            precious environment.                                                                                        Health
                                                                                            Safety                                                                                                       Smoking is our largest single preventable cause of death,
              banned on the sand                                                            Too many glass related injuries occur over summer. Injuries
                                                                                                                                                                                                         killing over 15,000 Australians a year. A recent study
                                                                                                                                                                                                         showed that a person’s exposure to second-hand smoke
               glass off the grass                                                          can occur well after the summer season - despite cleanup
                                                                                            efforts, broken glass is extremely difficult to detect in sand or
                                                                                                                                                                                                         can be just as high outside as it is indoors.
                                                                                            on the foreshore.


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