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council is continuing its support for the banning of single use plastic bags in the region, resolving today to submit a policy motion to the upcoming LGAQ conference seeking the development of State Government legislation to ban their sale and provision.
It is estimated that approximately 180,000 plastic bags are used in the Whitsunday Region every week and contaminating out waterways and posing a threat to our wildlife.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that in addition to the policy motion, Council will also seek a meeting with Steven Miles MP, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection to voice Council’s support for a state-wide ban on single use lightweight plastic bags.
“Council officers have investigated the possible development of a local law to prohibit the sale and provision of single use plastic shopping bags however this has not been introduced by any other local government and there are complexities involved with the development of a non-model local law,” Cr Willcox said.
“Being both an environmental and political issue, the councillors and myself would like to gauge political support for the local law at the upcoming LGAQ Conference and also meet with Steven Miles MP, Minister of Environment and Heritage Protection in order to ensure we take the appropriate steps,” he 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.”