Fined $2,100 over smoking

MERRYLANDS restaurant Itza Pizza has been ordered to pay $2,100 in fines for a total of six breaches of no-smoking laws in its outside dining area.

In the Parramatta Local Court on Thursday, January 23, magistrate Tim Keady ordered Elite Investment Solutions, the company which owns the popular restaurant in Miller Street, to pay four fines of $300 each for allowing smokers in the outdoor dining area.
They were also fined $400 for engaging in tobacco/e-cigarette retailing without notification, and a further $500 for not displaying prescribed fines in the smoke free area.
The company had pleaded not guilty to the charges which were brought to court by the NSW Department of Health in November last year.
In NSW smoking and using e-cigarettes, as well as shisha or water-pipes, is banned in all enclosed public areas and certain outdoor public areas, including commercial dining areas.
A resident, who did not want to be identified, told the Review she had written to NSW Health several times last year to complain about shisha pipes in use at the restaurant.
Lawyers for Itza Pizza said they had no comment to make on the case.