COMMUNITY CABINET COMES TO TOWN
PLASTIC bags could be a thing of the past across Queensland, and shoppers would have the Whitsundays to thank for it.
Whitsunday Regional Council representatives attending the 120th Local Government Association of Queensland conference last week put forward a motion to take to the State Government that single use, lightweight and non-biodegradable plastic bags be banned in Queensland.
It’s an ambitious plan from the small council, but it does have some precedents.
The South Australian government banned the bag in 2009 and the Northern Territory banned it in 2011. The latest to ban the plastic bag was Tasmania in 2013.
The council wants the State Government to make it an offence for retailers to supply the bags after they’re phased out over three months. It also wants reusable plastic bags to have a thickness of more than 40 microns.
On returning from the conference Mayor Andrew Willcox said he was “elated” at the LGAQ’s response. Another resident ecstatic about the news was Barb Adamson who, with Division 1 councillor Jan Clifford, had been at the forefront of a local Ban the Bag campaign. Ms Adamson even used an impromptu audience with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at Sunday’s Community Cabinet in Proserpine to push the initiative further by presenting her with a “boomerang bag”. Ms Adamson said boomerang bags had been so successful in the regions where they’d been trialled that to date it had stopped nine million plastic bags from reaching landfills. “(The Premier) told me she would definitely use it and I said ‘good because now you will think about it each time, because the power (to do change this) is in your hands’.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk meets Barb Adamson.