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Smoking is to be banned in NSW national parks from Thursday. (Photo Stijn Hosdez/Flickr)
Smoking is to be banned in NSW national parks from Thursday. (Photo Stijn Hosdez/Flickr)

Smoking will be banned across NSW’s 860 national parks from Thursday.

The state government says the move is aimed at lessening the risk of bushfires and reducing litter.

The ban applies to picnic areas, campgrounds, beaches, lookouts, walking tracks and national parks roads.

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Previously, TAFE colleges received block state funding.
Labor, the Greens and unions say the changes will cause a dramatic increase to TAFE fees.

Meanwhile, Parramatta Children’s Court will trial a dedicated court for young Aboriginal offenders from January.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. This smoking ban should be repealed. Outdoor smoking bans go to far. Littering is a separate issue and should be enforced. Repeal smoking bans.

    • Vinny, you appear to be a paid shill for the Tobacco industry, a quick search of your name reveals countless responses to anti smoking articles across the world with a similar train of thought, that smoking is not harmful, that it’s a social control not factual, that there’s no evidence of harm from Tobacco smoke.

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