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Big Bot­tle Tour hits the road

- Victoria · New South Wales · Queensland · Western Australia · Australia · Daniel Andrews · Beechworth

A GROUP of Beech­worth res­i­dents are set to hit the road to re­in­force their be­lief that a 10-cent re­fund on bot­tles and cans would help ad­dress Vic­to­ria’s lit­ter woes.

Lo­cals Kathryn Chivers and Karen Nankervis are part of a cam­paign – The Big Bot­tle Tour – to en­cour­age the state gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce a sim­i­lar re­fund scheme as NSW, Queens­land, WA, and of course SA & NT.

The tour has been or­gan­ised by the Boomerang Al­liance and its pas­sen­gers will even­tu­ally take their find­ings to the pre­mier’s of­fice.

Through Plas­tic­wise Beech­worth, they are bring­ing this cam­paign and its three-me­tre large bot­tle to Beech­worth in a bid to get oth­ers to sup­port the ini­tia­tive.

“I’m an ac­tive mem­ber of Ro­tary and Plas­tic­wise Beech­worth and we think this will re­duce lit­ter and keep cans and bot­tles out of land­fill”, Ms Chivers said.

“This scheme also has great fundrais­ing po­ten­tial for our com­mu­nity groups.

It makes no sense for us to lose out when our neigh­bours across the bor­der have the scheme.”

Ms Chivers said the gov­ern­ment should se­ri­ously con­sider in­tro­duc­ing a scheme and take Aus­tralia a big step closer to a na­tional so­lu­tion to bev­er­age con­tainer lit­ter.

“It’s a sim­ple so­lu­tion that would solve a lot of prob­lems,” she said.

Both Karen and Kathryn en­cour­age peo­ple to visit the cam­paign page (The Big Bot­tle Tour) and fol­low the Big Bot­tle when it comes to Beech­worth on Sun­day 8th April. It will be at the kiosk at the town round­about be­tween 1 and 3pm.

A bot­tle and can col­lec­tion will be held, just to see what it would be like to have a Vic­to­rian ‘Cash for Con­tain­ers’ scheme.

Bring along cans and plas­tic bot­tles to re­ceive cash re­fund (max­i­mum 10 items per per­son, while al­lo­cated funds are avail­able).

There will also be in­for­ma­tion about Plas­tic­wise, soft plas­tic col­lec­tion, etc.

Cam­paign mem­bers will also con­duct cleanups along the way, col­lect­ing cans and bot­tles to fill up the gi­ant coke bot­tle in tow.

These items will be de­liv­ered to Pre­mier Daniel An­drews’ of­fice at the end of the tour.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the tour, con­tact Kathryn Chivers on 0428 282 968 or email kchivers57@gmail.com, or call Karen Nankervis on 0407 261 927 or email karen.nankervis@big­pond.com.

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 ??  ?? GI­ANT TASK: Cam­paign mem­bers with the Big Bot­tle that will be the cen­tre­piece of the tour around Vic­to­ria.
GI­ANT TASK: Cam­paign mem­bers with the Big Bot­tle that will be the cen­tre­piece of the tour around Vic­to­ria.

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