Ballina rejects tough new smoking ban
By JANE GARDNER
BALLINA smokers can exhale a smoke ring of relief they haven't suffered the same fate as their Mosman counterparts.
Last week, Mosman Council, in northern Sydney, voted unanimously to ban smoking in parks, public squares, bus shelters and council-owned car parks.
In 2004, the NSW Cancer Council approached Ballina Shire Council and asked them to consider doing the same thing.
Ballina mayor Phillip Silver said a report on the pros and cons was tabled by council but the logistics of providing rangers to issue fines was unrealistic.
"Council discussed this a couple of years ago and decided not to go down that same path because it would cost too much," Cr Silver said.
"It would have cost tens of thousands in signage and a similar cost in policing.
"We were advised there was little point doing it."