Town bursts bal­loons

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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