Ban-the-plas­tic-bag pe­ti­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Cairns and Far North En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre pre­sented the Queens­land gov­ern­ment a pe­ti­tion bear­ing more than 1000 sig­na­tures call­ing for a state-wide ban on plas­tic shop­ping bags.

The Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment An­drew Pow­ell re­ceived the pe­ti­tion last Fri­day, af­ter it was pre­sented to Pre­mier Newman’s of­fice the pre­vi­ous day.

CAFNEC co­or­di­na­tor Anna McGuire said they are proud to pass on the pe­ti­tion which has been sup­ported by the com­mu­nity in the re­gion.

‘‘Plas­tic shop­ping bags kill and in­jure ma­rine life and add to grow­ing waste dis­posal prob­lems. In­tro­duc­ing a ban is a tried and tested way to re­solve this prob­lem,’’ she said.

‘‘South Aus­tralia, North­ern Ter­ri­tory and the ACT have al­ready suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented a ban on sin­gle-use plas­tic shop­ping bags.’’

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