THE Bega Valley Shire Council voted unanimously to consider banning plastic shopping bags throughout the shire.
The vote was taken at Wednesday’s council meeting after a notice of motion was raised by Cr Keith Hughes asking for the council’s “in principle support” of the consideration of a ban.
The decision will also lead to community members and retailers being invited to provide feedback and suggestions on steps for any implementation of a ban.
Cr Hughes said he was grateful for the unanimous support for his motion.
He said while Bega will not become plastic bag free overnight, he is confident it is a realistic and practical goal for the shire.
“Plastic bags are not just a largely visible component of litter, they also do considerable damage to the environment,” Cr Hughes said.
“I think a lot of people support the end of plastic bags and I think the council should be taking the lead on this.”
Cr Sharon Tapscott agreed, saying the example of Pambula’s reusable printed bags promoting the town could be spread shire-wide “to our advantage in many different ways”.
MEANWHILE, in other council matters discussed on Wednesday, the possibility of utilising the now-vacant Plumb Motors site in Auckland St for potential car parking space was raised by Cr Tony Allen for investigation by council staff.
The question arose during discussions on the Bega Traffic, Parking and Pedestrian Study.
The study was approved by councillors to be an informative document for any future development of the Bega CBD.
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