Govt faces pres­sure on plas­tic ban

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - David Sal­vaire

Pres­sure is mount­ing on the State Govern­ment to im­ple­ment a ban on plas­tic bags as the City of Man­durah adds to the grow­ing cho­rus of lo­cal coun­cils sup­port­ing the move.

Last week the WA Lo­cal Govern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s State Coun­cil passed a res­o­lu­tion in sup­port of a Statewide ban, agree­ing to ad­vo­cate to the State Govern­ment.

WALGA pres­i­dent coun­cil­lor Lynne Craigie wel­comed the res­o­lu­tion, say­ing the agreed po­si­tion was the re­sult of sig­nifi- cant con­sul­ta­tion across the sec­tor.

“In sup­port­ing a Statewide ban on plas­tic bags, Lo­cal Govern­ment is seek­ing to re­duce lit­ter on the land and in our rivers and ocean, re­duce the plas­tic bag con­tam­i­na­tion in our com­post­ing and al­ter­na­tive waste-treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties and to en­gage the com­mu­nity in the waste avoid­ance dis­cus­sion,” Cr Craigie said.

“This pol­icy po­si­tion has re­sulted from sig­nif­i­cant con­sul­ta­tion across the sec­tor and fur­ther sup­ports those lo­cal gov­ern­ments that are al­ready tak­ing ac­tion on plas­tic bags.” In 2014, the City of Mandu- rah con­sid­ered a re­port which out­lined the op­tions avail­able to coun­cil, which could min­imise the use of plas­tic bags in the area.

This week the City re­it­er­ated its of­fi­cial po­si­tion in sup­port of a Statewide ban as chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark New­man said the City hoped the new govern­ment would re­visit the is­sue.

“As has been seen in the case of the City of Fre­man­tle when it tried to adopt a lo­cal law to this ef­fect, the pre­vi­ous State Govern­ment over­ruled the lo­cal govern­ment, so any such cam­paign would need to be di­rected to­wards the State, as lo­cal govern­ment cur­rently does not have the power to im­ple­ment this ban,” he said.

“The City of Man­durah is sup­port­ive of ways to re­duce plas­tic pol­lu­tion in­clud­ing plas­tic bag use.

“It has pre­vi­ously run and sup­ported a num­ber of com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness-rais­ing events for plas­tic pol­lu­tion, and con­tin­ues to look at ways we can re­duce our use of plas­tic at a lo­cal level.”

De­bate on the is­sue comes as a re­port to the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum re­vealed plas­tic rub­bish will out­weigh fish in the oceans by 2050 un­less dras­tic ac­tion is taken.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son told the Tele­graph the Govern­ment was in­ves­ti­gat­ing ways to best im­ple­ment a Statewide ban of sin­gle-use plas­tic bags.

“This Govern­ment is con­cerned about the im­pacts of waste, in­clud­ing plas­tic, on the en­vi­ron­ment, and I look for­ward to work­ing with my par­lia­men­tary col­leagues to re­duce those im­pacts,” he said.

“The State Govern­ment is open to hear­ing from West Aus­tralians on their views to­wards a Statewide ban.”

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