Alcohol & Smoke Free Festival

The Shoalhaven River Festival is committed to the health and wellbeing of our patrons and as a result are promoting the festival as Alcohol Free and Smoke Free.

As a busy event with over 15, 000 people expected to attend the festival, we ask that patrons please be aware of the NSW Smoke Free Laws which apply to certain outdoor public places, particularly commercial outdoor dining areas, playgrounds and crowded places with children.

The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 bans smoking in enclosed public places and certain outdoor public areas. These bans protect people from harmful second hand tobacco smoke – the smoke which smokers exhale after inhaling from a lit cigarette. There is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke.

The two main Acts and related regulations concerning smoke-free laws in NSW are identified below.

Smoke-free Environment Act 2000

The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000, Smoke-free Environment Amendment Regulation 2009, and the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2007 ban and regulate smoking in enclosed public places.

The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 also bans smoking in the following outdoor public places:

  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public places;
  • Public swimming pools;
  • Spectator areas at sports grounds or other recreational areas used for organised sporting events;
  • Public transport stops and platforms , including ferry wharves and taxi ranks;
  • Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building.

The  Smoke-free Guide: No smoking within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a building provides information on which buildings are applicable.

From 6 July 2015, commercial outdoor dining areas were also made smoke-free.

Provision for smoking bans in these outdoor public areas have been have made because:

  • they are often visited by children and families and they can be crowded;
  • they allow limited opportunity for people to avoid second hand smoke;
  • this approach will achieve an important reduction in many people’s exposure to second hand smoke;
  • this approach will create a more supportive environment for those who have quit.

Under this Act, Local Health Districts and Statutory Health Corporations can make by-laws banning smoking on NSW Health grounds, such as hospitals, community health services and ambulance stations.


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