IT’S OFFICIAL: Cr Paul Tully with the help of the town cryer announced changes to laws surrounding smoking and littering at St Ives Shopping Centre in Goodna.
IT’S OFFICIAL: Cr Paul Tully with the help of the town cryer announced changes to laws surrounding smoking and littering at St Ives Shopping Centre in Goodna. David Nielsen

Hear ye, hear ye... the council is cracking down

A CRACKDOWNon anti-social behaviour was launched in a regal manner with the Ipswich City Council embracing a historic approach to announce new laws.

Official Ipswich town crier Mark Overell bellowed the decree on council's new smoking, littering and parking laws across Goodna's St Ives shopping centre.

Many shoppers looked twice upon seeing the crier in traditional garb ringing his golden bell.

The crackdown begins next week with three compliance officers patrolling the Goodna town centre.

Offenders could be issued with $110 fines for breaking the crack down on smoking, littering and illegal parking.

Ipswich City Councillor Paul Tully said shoppers were surprised to see the town crier announcing the new laws.

"It's a little bit of a different way of getting the message across," he said. "We've had a lot of complaints about cigarette butts and fast food litter."

Mr Overell was flanked by officers handing out brochures and educating shoppers about the dos don't of the new laws.

Shopper Carol Fry of Redbank Plains was not aware of council's new by-laws, but said littering had become an issue.

The novel approach had the thumbs up of patrons, sick of seeing smokers flout the law.

Riverview resident Thelma White said smoking at the shopping centre had been a problem for years, despite signs warning people of potential fines.

Ipswich City Council introduced the new smoking laws in February, banning smokers from lighting up within four metres of a taxi rank or bus stops across the city.

Cr Tully said the message had not been getting across.

He said it is the first time since 1788 that a town crier was used for more than ceremonial purposes.

"I expect some bus and taxi commuters will get the fright of their lives at Goodna today when they see and hear the town crier approaching, demanding they stop their recalcitrant behaviour in the name of the Queen," Cr Tully said.



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