Bega Valley Shire Council has adopted a motion at the general council meeting, Wednesday, October 16, that could ultimately see the end of free plastic bags at retail outlets.
The motion stated: “That council supports in principle consideration of a ban on the retail issue of single use, lightweight checkout style plastic bags and invite community members and retailers to provide feedback and suggestions on steps to a successful implementation,” and was unanimously adopted by all councillors, with the exception of councillor Michael Britten who was absent.
Cr Hughes has called it "a first step in the adoption by council of a ban on the free retail issue of single-use, lightweight, check out style plastic bags".
He has suggested that it is a matter to be raised and discussed at the forthcoming council community meetings around the shire.
Residents are being invited to raise issues of interest or concern at the community workshops. The Merimbula workshop is on October 23 at Club Sapphire, 4pm and anyone wishing to address the council should book a time with council.
Addresses will be followed by question and answer sessions.
To book a presentation at the workshops:
www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au > Your Council > Council ‘Roving’ Workshops.
Facebook – click the star shaped ‘speak at Council meetings’ button near the top of the page.
Email - email@example.com
Either pick up a ‘request to address’ application form at the Bega office or call 6499 2104 and ask for a ‘request to address’ form to be sent to you. The completed form will need to be posted to PO Box 492, Bega, NSW 2550 or faxed back to council at 6499 2200.