Bal­loon ban pol­icy

Weekend Courier - - News -

THE City of Kwinana is invit­ing res­i­dents to have their say on a draft pol­icy to ban the re­lease of bal­loons in pub­lic spa­ces.

The draft pol­icy, which was pre­sented to the coun­cil on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 28, pro­hibits the or­gan­ised re­lease of bal­loons at com­mu­nity events or spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive oc­ca­sions, due to the detri­men­tal ef­fect bal­loon frag­ments have on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Mayor Carol Adams said the City was tak­ing steps to de­crease the amount of en­vi­ron­men­tal harm caused by bal­loon frag­ments in the City and to pro­mote a greater aware­ness of the im­pact bal­loons and other litter have on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Bal­loon frag­ments are not biodegrad­able, we know they are of­ten con­sumed by tur­tles and other marine an­i­mals, which can re­sult in the de­ple­tion of marine fauna,” she said. “This pol­icy aims to help re­duce the amount of plas­tics in the en­vi­ron­ment and en­cour­ages the com­mu­nity to find al­ter­na­tive ways to com­mem­o­rate their cel­e­bra­tions.”

The draft pol­icy fully out­lines de­tails of the ban, which pro­hibits the or­gan­ised re­lease of bal­loons at events or­gan­ised or funded by the City and on City land, re­serves, build­ings and venues for hire. It also out­lines that the ban is to be ac­knowl­edged as a spe­cific con­di­tion of hire on the rel­e­vant book­ing forms.

The draft pol­icy can be viewed at the City’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice or www.kwinana.wa.gov. au/pub­lic­no­tice.

Com­ments need to be lodged on or be­fore May 14.

Bal­loon frag­ments are not biodegrad­able, ac­cord­ing to the City.

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