Town bursts balloons
BALLOONS are now no longer flying high in East Fremantle, with the Town banning the mass release due to the environmental impact.
Acting chief executive Andrew Malone said the idea to propose the ban came from councillors.
“They were conscious that the release of balloons had the potential to be detrimental to the environment and local wildlife,” he said.
“The Town had been progressing the local law for plastic bags which the State Government has subsequently proposed at a state level.”
Mr Malone said the idea was proposed in June last year and the Town was very environmentally conscious.
“East Fremantle residents, community and elected members are very environmentally aware of the consequences of littering,” he said.
“The mass release of balloons generally doesn’t impact the local area directly, as balloons by their nature float away from their release point.
“The impacts are generally to other local government areas or out at sea.”
“There are many varied practices that be undertaken to celebrate people or events that aren’t releasing balloons.”