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Outdoor dining areas smoking ban trial 'costly'

Greater Shepparton City Council to discuss trial at today's meeting.

JARROD WHITTAKER March 18, 2014 4:04am

A ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas has drawn a mixed response from affected businesses, with some reporting a drop in earnings, a survey reveals.

One respondent reported losing business of up to $1000 a week and lost customers.

Three others reported a loss of business as a result of the ban.

In May last year Greater Shepparton City Council voted to trial a ban on smoking for one year in outdoor dining areas.

The trial began July 1 last year and will continue to June 30.

A report outlining the reaction of outdoor dining licence holders will be presented at tonight’s council meeting.

Councillors are expected to vote in favour of extending the trial while a local law is drafted.

Other respondents reported greater customer satisfaction and said the changes resulted in cleaner outdoor dining areas.

Councillors will also consider a more than $854000 tender for the upgrade of Raftery Rd, Kialla.

The upgrade will involve the reconstruction of 926m of the road and 3m widening.

It will also result in the construction of a concrete path and the introduction of bike lanes.

Councillors will also consider submissions regarding the Riverside Plaza expansion.

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