Coun­cil pushes to ban the bag

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil has thrown its weight be­hind a state-wide ban of sin­gle use plas­tic bags.

At the coun­cil’s or­di­nary meet­ing in Bowen, coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously agreed to sub­mit a pol­icy mo­tion to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land for in­clu­sion at its com­ing con­fer­ence in Oc­to­ber.

The coun­cil also re­solved to meet with the State Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion, Steven Miles, and voice sup­port for a ban on plas­tic bags.

Though coun­cil­lors showed their sup­port for the “ban the bag” cam­paign, Di­vi­sion 6 coun­cil­lor Mike Brunker did draw at­ten­tion to the fact that no prece­dent had been set by other lo­cal gov­ern­ments and he said a de­ci­sion to ban the bag could be over­turned by the State Gov­ern­ment.

“This hasn’t hap­pened any­where else and there is a fair process to go through,” he said.

Mayor An­drew Will­cox re­torted by declar­ing the coun­cil’s proac­tiv­ity on the is­sue.

“Peo­ple have got to un­der­stand that we have to work within the law (but) we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can pos­si­ble,” Cr Will­cox said.

“If we did de­cide to im­ple­ment a lo­cal law to in­hibit the use of plas­tic bags, coun­cil would need to seek spe­cialised le­gal as­sis­tance and also con­sult with the com­mu­nity prior to tak­ing ac­tion.”

Cr Jan Clif­ford ad­dressed the meet­ing to say she had spo­ken with the man­ager of one of the lo­cal Wool­worths stores who told her he would “throw a party” if plas­tic bags were banned.

“They cur­rently go through a pal­let a month,” she said.

“I en­cour­age ev­ery­body to sup­port this.

“We are a Reef Guardian coun­cil… and I think we need to stand up here.”

It has been es­ti­mated that ap­prox­i­mately 180,000 plas­tic bags are used in the Whit­sun­days area each week.

STAND­ING UP: Cr Jan Clif­ford ad­dresses the coun­cil on the ban­ning of plas­tic bags.

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