THE largest balloon association in Australia has backed the City of Kwinana’s plan to ban balloon releases.
The Pro Environment Balloon Alliance (PEBA) had its beginnings in Perth and now has more than 400 members across Australia and the world.
A PEBA spokesman congratulated the City on plans to ban the deliberate release of balloons, while still allowing people to enjoy and dispose of balloons in a responsible manner.
He said the PEBA would be seeking permission from the City to offer their bi-law as a blueprint for councils in Australia and across the world.
Chris Adamo from Balloons Online said PEBA members would offer education to the public, clients and venue managers on the importance of not releasing balloons into the environment and being responsible with the uses and disposal of all balloons.
Brian Gray from PEBA said a total balloon ban would have devastating effects on the industry.
“The industry is made up of balloon artists, decorators and entertainers who are valued members of Australia’s Arts and Entertainment community and care about the environment,” he said.
“What we do not support is the call to ban balloons totally, which some groups are now calling for.
“The livelihoods of these people are being lost and thousands of jobs are on the line.
“We can intelligently and proactively regulate to find a balance between smart environmental management and growing our industry.”