Balloon industry urges WA release ban

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VideoIs the party over for balloons? There are new calls for a ban on releasing balloons into the air to protect the environment.

Australia’s balloon industry is spearheading a push to ban the deliberate release of its products in WA.

Industry association Pro Environment Balloon Alliance has made a public call for the State Government to crack down on the common practice of releasing balloons into the sky, often done for celebratory or commemorative purposes.

PEBA director Brian Gray said adhoc legislation across the country made it unmanageable for industry, public and regulators to keep up with laws regarding balloon releasing.

“There are over 540 local government areas and eight States and Territories having different legislation and policies and many have no regulation at all,” he said.

“We need uniformity at a State-wide level to provide consistency and surety for all stakeholders and jurisdictions.”

Mr Gray said industry alone could not make the necessary changes without government support.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said anyone interested in reducing waste in WA should become involved in consultations.

“We need all Western Australians to generate less waste and to protect the Western Australian environment by managing waste responsibly,” he said.

“I have stated publicly on several occasions that we can do more to reduce other single-use plastics in our community, and I have asked the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to establish a register of interested community members to help facilitate further consultation on this matter.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in this space to become involved in the consultation process.”

PEBA has requested a meeting with Premier Mark McGowan and Mr Dawson.

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