Monash Council is ‘on fire’ following the decision to fully ban smoking on the footpath area of Oakleigh’s Eaton Mall under Council’s Smoke Free Areas Local Law.

The Council erected several signs reading “Smoking Prohibited” which were soon after illegally removed by unknown individuals, Neos Kosmos reported in Thursday’s Greek edition.

As a further response, posters have ‘magically’ appeared in the wider Eaton Mall area calling the Monash Council representatives both “unwanted” and “damaging”.

Mayor Brian Little said that “The people who stole Council property are rejecting their own community and the overwhelming support for this change by their fellow residents and traders”.

“It’s time families and people returning to our precincts after lockdown eases can enjoy a meal or a coffee without having to put up with cigarette smoke polluting their environment,” he explained.

Police are currently investigating the incident goin through CCTV footage; the perpetrators will receive fines from $500 to $2000. There are reports of a group of young men seen removing the signs.

Anyone with information regarding the removal of the signs or the placement of the posters please contact 1800 333 000.