April 16th 2012
Last “happy to support” Townsville plastic bag ban
Mayoral Candidate Dale Last, has responded to a call from Magnetic Island Nature Care (MINCA) saying he is ‘happy to support’ a phased in single-use plastic shopping bag ban across Townsville by June 2013.
The call was made by MINCA in conjunction with eight other local environment and community organisations.
Cr Last, one of the two most likely successful candidates for mayoralty, told Magnetic Times, ‘I’m hoping to talk to the (TCC) legal people this morning on the logistics to make it work. I think it will need that commitment and we may need to look at legislation.’
Wendy Tubman received an email from the Councillor last week saying, ‘I am more than happy to support this proposal’.
Clearly encouraged by Cr Last’s comments, Wendy Tubman told Magnetic Times, ‘I'm a great believer in 'where there's a will there's a way’.
When it comes to any possible legal hurdles, Ms Tubman said, ‘I'm not a lawyer, but maybe Local Law 3, the purpose of which is, “to protect the environment and public health, safety and amenity within the local government’s area”, might be worth looking at’.
The ban has, according to a report in the Townsville Bulletin, also been endorsed by another mayoral candidate, Harry Patel.
The other mayoral front runner, Cr Jenny Hill, was less committed, responding to MINCA’s letter saying she would seek a partnership in developing a program aimed at getting rid of single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags.
Other candidates, Jeff Jimmieson and Brendan Porter either didn’t think it was possible or didn’t know how it could be done.
Following is a copy of the letter sent to all of the candidates (personalised for Cr Jenny Hill).
Story and photo: George Hirst
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