At the Council Meeting held on Wednesday 27 July 2022, Hindmarsh Shire Council resolved to give public notice of its draft Governance Rules and Election Period Policy and invite written submissions from the public in accordance with the Local Government Act 2020.
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Hindmarsh has a number or registered retailers, outdoor smoking areas and smoke-free dining areas. The control of tobacco and related products is under the Tobacco Act 1987 (Vic) and is controlled and enforced by Council.
Council's Environmental Health officers regularly conduct visits to tobacco retailers to ensure they are aware of and comply with regulations on the sale of tobacco including:
The sale of tobacco products to a person under the age of 18 years of age is illegal and incurs heavy penalties. If a member of the public witnesses a sale to persons under the age of 18, contact Environmental Health.
Council regularly conducts test purchasing where a test purchaser under the age of 18 is engaged to buy cigarettes from tobacco retail outlets within the Shire. Offenders can be served infringements notices or taken to court and risk having their right to sell tobacco revoked.
If you wish to start selling tobacco or have enquiries about your responsibilities with regards to selling tobacco, contact our Environmental Health Officer on 03 5391 4444 or view the Department of Health website to obtain the following information: