Bundy votes on bottled water ban
Well its been awhile since I have last posted, have had an unexpected family reunion as my grandma is quite sick and all the relatives have flown over from NZ while she is in hospital. So my blog has been far too quiet for the moment, luckily though I know have this to post up.
“I put a little article – ‘Does Bundanoon have the bottle to go bottled water free?’ – in our local newsletter. I guess we have gone on from there,” he said.
“Huge amounts of resources are used to extract, bottle and transport that bottled water, and much of the package ends up as litter or landfill,” he said.
“So environmentally it makes no sense and that is what we are trying to do in Bundanoon, is show that a community can live without single use bottled water.”
The measure comes hot on today’s news that the NSW Southern Highlands town of Bundanoon is set to become the first community in Australia to ban the sale of bottled water.
The Premier says the move will save taxpayer money and help reduce the impact on the environment of producing and throwing away plastic bottles.
Mr Rees is also planning a public campaign to discourage the use of bottled water by the wider community.
Residents in Bundanoon are meanwhile preparing to vote on their town’s plan to ban local shops from selling plastic bottles of water at a community meeting tonight.
Local businesses in the town of 2,500 people are proposing to replace the bottles with reusables and then offer directions to filtered water fountains that will be installed on the main street.
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Australians spent about $500 million on bottled water in 2008, a 10 per cent increase on 2007.
“These plastic bottles are everywhere,” Mr Rees said.
“It’s not just the direct plastic bottle that causes the physical reality in our local environment.
“Bear this in mind, you take a 600ml plastic bottle, 200ml of oil has gone into its production.
“That’s leaving aside the C02 that comes from transporting it around the place.”
Bottled water has been banned in ministerial offices at Governor Macquarie Tower in Sydney’s CBD since Mr Rees became premier last year.
Environmental group Do Something! welcomed the government and Bundanoon bans, saying they could be the catalyst for change in the community.
“The bottled water industry has managed to convince people that bottled water is somehow pure or better for you than water you drink out of the tap,” he said.
“But we have amongst the best tap water in the world.”