Smokefree sports fields

16:00, Feb 05 2013

The Invercargill City Council yesterday rubber-stamped a proposal to make all its council- owned sports fields and reserves smokefree.

The council had agreed in July to formulate a policy to make its sports fields and reserves smokefree.

At yesterday's infrastructure and services committee meeting it agreed to implement the policy.

The report to the council, prepared by its acting director of works and services Tom Greenwood, said the objective was to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for Invercargill residents.

The smokefree policy would be promoted in all Invercargill City Council parks, in particular within 20m of play equipment, entrances to the Queens Park Aviary and Queens Park animal reserve, and all marked sports fields.

Parks manager Robin Pagan said at the meeting the smokefree policy would not be policed, it would be about educating people. "One of the big pushes is to get rid of the influences of parents smoking on the sidelines."

Cr Wayne Harpur said it might be a good idea to have designated areas where people could smoke, but his suggestion was not taken up by the council.

Mr Pagan said having designated smoking areas would mean the council was promoting areas for smoking.


The Southland Times