City of Vincent councillor ramps up war against plastic

City of Vincent councillor Jonathan Hallett wants to put firm limits on single-use plastic.
City of Vincent councillor Jonathan Hallett wants to put firm limits on single-use plastic.

CITY of Vincent councillor Jonathan Hallett hopes to ramp up the local government’s war on plastic.

Mr Hallett will seek support from his fellow councillors at the next meeting on a review of the City’s purchase and use of single use plastic bags, cups, straws, cutlery and balloons internally and at events in a move to reduce the use.

If successful, the City’s Environmental Advisory Group will be consulted on the results and findings will be presented to Council as part of its consideration of the City’s 2018/19 to 2021/22 Corporate Business Plan and 2018/19 Budget.

Mr Hallett said he was inspired by other councils, including the City of Stirling, which is working on report that could ban the deliberate release of helium balloons and has placed various bans on plastic items.

“I’d also like us to see how we can encourage, and where possible prescribe, the reduction or elimination of single use plastics in events guidelines, conditions of use for markets and recreation facility short term hire and long term lease agreements,” Mr Hallett said.

The move comes almost three months after Vincent council supported an in-principle ban on single use plastic bags and about two months after Mayor Emma Cole notified in writing to the Environment and Local Government Ministers of its position and to urge a state-wide ban.

Vincent first took a stance against plastic bags in 2012 under former mayor Alannah MacTiernan, and the City of Fremantle attempted a ban in 2013 and 2015 but was stymied by a lack of support from the former State Government.

The next Vincent council meeting will be on August 22.