Event organisers and the new tobacco laws

7 July 2017 - Media release

Campaspe Shire Council is inviting event organisers who use food vendors to an information session to assist them in understanding the changes to smoke-free dining and food safety requirements.

General Manager Regulatory & Community Services, Mr Paul McKenzie, said new laws, which come into effect on 1 August, ban smoking in outdoor dining areas and near food vendors.

“The changes affect food vendors who prepare and sell food at events, such as food fairs and organised events, requiring no smoking within 10 metres of the food area. If the event however is a food fair, the entire event must be smoke free,” Mr McKenzie said.

The information sessions will not only cover the tobacco law legislation changes to assist event organisers, they will provide an overview of food safety.

“Environmental Health staff will advise what they look for in undertaking a food inspection, to assist event organisers in meeting their requirements and to assist in avoiding the use of unregistered food vendors,” Mr McKenzie said.

Four sessions will be held as follows, each starting at 5.30 through to 6.30pm:

Wednesday, 19 July             Echuca Civic Centre Function Room, Heygarth Street

Thursday, 20 July                  Rochester Community House, 43 Mackay Street

Tuesday, 25 July                   Rushworth Community House, 67 High Street

Wednesday, 26 July             Kyabram Community Learning Centre, 21 Lake Road (entry through rear entrance)

Registration is encouraged. To register, Belinda Owen, Event Support Officer, 5481 2887 or email [email protected]

In addition to the information sessions for event organisers, Environmental Health staff are liaising with registered food premises to assist them in understanding what the changes mean for outdoor dining areas.

Information about the Victoria-wide changes is available online at www.health.vic.gov.au/tobaccoreforms