Coun­cils look­ing for State lead­er­ship on pack­ag­ing ban

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A CHANGE in gov­ern­ment has prompted coun­cils to re­new ef­forts for a ban on plas­tic bags at lo­cal or State level.

But Pre­mier Mark McGowan said the State has also made it clear it would sup­port a na­tional ap­proach for ac­tion on all plas­tic pack­ag­ing.

“Un­der the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral gov­ern­ment, ef­forts by lo­cal gov­ern­ments in WA to ban sin­gle-use plas­tic bags were over­turned in State Par­lia­ment,” Mr McGowan said.

The Town of East Fremantle could be the first in WA with a lo­cal law banning sin­gle-use plas­tic bags if it gets State Gov­ern­ment sup­port for its de­ci­sion made on May 25.

East Fremantle Mayor Jim O’Neill said South Aus­tralia, the ACT and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory had plas­tic bag bans. Queens­land, Vic­to­ria and New South Wales were work­ing on a joint ap­proach to the is­sue.

The City of Ar­madale will only sup­port a ban ap­plied state-wide and the Shire of Ser­pen­tine-Jar­rah­dale has made no ef­forts be­cause pre­vi­ous at­tempts by the City of Fremantle to ban plas­tic bags were un­suc­cess­ful.

City of Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said the ad hoc en­force­ment was sim­ply not prac­ti­cal.

“The ‘play­ing field’ must be equal for all re­tail­ers and this re­quires the State Gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce widely ad­ver­tised leg­is­la­tion that both re­tail­ers and com­mu­nity un­der­stand and sup­port,” Mr Cole said.

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