Town of Bassendean and the Boomerang Alliance join forces to create a plastic-free Bassendean

The Boomerang Alliance plans to help the Town of Bassendean become plastic-free.
The Boomerang Alliance plans to help the Town of Bassendean become plastic-free.

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners the Boomerang Alliance will bring its Communities Taking Control (CTC) program to the Town of Bassendean in a bid to create a plastic-free community.

The move is part of the Town’s move away from single-use plastics.

The Town will be the first WA local government that the Boomerang Alliance will partner with.

The program will run for 12 months and engage with the business community to review supply chains and provide support to the Town.

Boomerang Alliance received funding from the WA Waste Authority in July to bring the program to WA.

CTC program manager Kellie Lindsay said the alliance considered a shortlist of local councils before choosing to collaborate with the Town to form a “plastic free Bassendean”.

“The CTC model has undergone rigorous testing through our recent pilot programs and we are confident that we can use our knowledge and well-established supplier networks to facilitate a major shift away from single-use plastics in the Bassendean community,” she said.

Mayor Renee McLennan said the Town was committed to going plastic-free.

“We have a number of initiatives already underway across the council area, but the opportunity to partner with Boomerang Alliance to create Plastic-Free Bassendean will help us turn our vision into reality,” she said.

“We encourage the residents of Bassendean to get behind this program and support those businesses that are taking steps to reduce plastic pollution and drive positive outcomes for our environment.”

Boomerang Alliance deputy director Jayne Paramor said a local program co-ordinator would be sought to expand the program and see WA take up the challenge to become plastic-free.