Lo­cal says the so­lu­tion is ‘sim­ple’

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

BARB Adam­son be­lieves if you want to help save our del­i­cate ma­rine ecosys­tem, the so­lu­tion is easy.

“To me, it’s sim­ple – ban the bags,” she said.

“We live on the Great Bar­rier Reef and they kill the an­i­mals.”

Ms Adam­son has been ac­tively lob­by­ing against sin­gle-use plas­tic bags for years and in March she sent a sub­mis­sion to Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil, in­clud­ing a pe­ti­tion with 2000 sig­na­tures.

De­spite jump­ing on board the “ban the bag” cam­paign, coun­cil­lors said the process was not as sim­ple as it seemed.

“It ei­ther needs to be­come a lo­cal law or a state-wide ban and that’s what we’re try­ing to do,” Di­vi­sion 1 Coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford said.

“We’re try­ing to ex­plore what leg­isla­tive av­enues we could go down.”

But Cr Clif­ford said the coun­cil of­fi­cers were do­ing ev­ery­thing in their power to se­cure leg­isla­tive back-up to get the job done.

“At the mo­ment, ban­ning the bags would have to be vol­un­tary but we’ve tried that be­fore and it just didn’t work,” she said.

The Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil will sub­mit a pol­icy to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land to in­clude in its con­fer­ence next month.

But to Ms Adam­son, this is yet another un­nec­es­sary de­lay in the process and she thinks it should be made a pri­or­ity.

“By the time the con­fer­ence comes around, it will take for­ever for any­thing else to be done,” she said.

“I’m not happy about the time frame and it’s frus­trat­ing – I think they should just do it.”

BE GONE: Di­vi­sion 1 Coun­cil­lor Jan Clif­ford and Barb Adam­son want a plas­tic bag ban.

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