Councils looking for State leadership on packaging ban
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.