Shadow Minister for Environment Kate Washington MP has joined with local environmentalists in Batemans Bay to highlight the upcoming vote to ban single use plastic bags in NSW asking the question " Will Andrew Constance Vote To Protect Our Waterways And Beaches And Ban Single Use Plastic Bags?".
With the vote to happen in the next sitting of NSW Parliament, residents in the electorate of Bega deserve to know how local MP Andrew Constance will vote.
“The fact that NSW is the only state in Australia that hasn’t banned single-use plastic bags reflects shamefully on this Government,” said Shadow Minister for Environment Kate Washington.
“Thirty per cent of the world’s turtles and ninety per cent of seabirds have now ingested plastic debris.”
Above: Poppy came with a drawing for the Shadow Minister. More information here: https://www.ciel.org/plasticandhealth/
Labor introduced a private members Bill which was recently supported in the NSW upper house. A vote will now be held in the NSW lower house in two weeks’ time.
“Australians use more than four billion plastic bags every year – ten million or so each day – and we estimate 50 million of these plastic bags end up in our waterways and oceans.
President of the Nature Coast Marine Group, Bill Barker, added “I believe that people in the Eurobodalla and surrounding areas are united in their desire to protect our waters from plastic pollution. Sure, there are many things that need to be done, but a complete ban on single use plastic bags is an obvious and straightforward step, and one which has been taken by every other state in Australia.”
“I hope that local MP Andrew Constance will reflect community wishes and support this bill,” said Mr Barker.
“C’mon NSW, let’s ban the bag!” said Shadow Minister Kate Washington.
Above: Shadow Minister Kate Washington met with members of the Eurobodalla community at Hanging Rock to hear their concerns over single use plastic bags.