Council defers decision on plastic bag ban

SHIRE of Mundaring councillors have voted against the immediate introduction of a local law to ban single use plastic shopping bags, stating a preference for the WA State Government to enact a state-wide ban.

Council previously agreed to investigate the implications and resources required to introduce a local law within the shire. The report was compiled and presented at an ordinary meeting of council on Tuesday, 8 August.

Deputy Shire President Patrick Bertola said the majority of councillors believed it would be beneficial to wait for the anticipated state-wide legislation rather than individual local governments introducing local laws, which could result in different practices across districts.

"Shire of Mundaring will continue to monitor the progress of the State Government towards a state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags," Cr Bertola said. "We will also monitor legal reviews of the Town of East Fremantle and City of Fremantle local laws banning single use plastic shopping bags".

A report outlining their progress will be brought back to a council meeting in March 2018 for further consideration.

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