Today Tony Burke, Labor’s Shadow Minister for Environment and Water joined Fiona Phillips, Labor’s Candidate for Gilmore at the Kiama Downs Surf Lifesaving Club to discuss the recently announced Clean Our Oceans Program.
Labor’s Clean Our Oceans Program is a proposal to partner with Surf Clubs and the Clean Oceans Initiative to reduce and eventually eliminate, single use plastic water bottles from our beaches.
Single use plastics, including PET water bottles, are some of the most wasteful and environmentally damaging products, with thousands of them ending up in our oceans every day, polluting our pristine beaches and choking our marine wildlife.
“Labor has a clear plan to ensure that our oceans are clean and that our marine wildlife is safe. Thousands of plastic water bottles end up on our beaches and in our oceans every day and this needs to stop,” said Tony Burke MP.
“Our community cares about the environment. While we’re talking about removing plastic from local beaches, the Liberal candidate for Gilmore is Pro-Nuclear, and in November last year couldn't rule out Jervis Bay as a future location for a reactor – there’s a clear policy difference here,” said candidate Fiona Phillips.
Labor’s Clean Our Oceans Program will provide the nippers program with up to 600,000 reusable water bottles, and help Surf Life Saving clubs around Australia put in place up to 600 water refill stations on our beaches and the systems and procedures to move toward zero waste.
A Shorten Labor Government is committed to tackling the issue of plastic pollution on our beaches and in our oceans. Labor will have further announcements on how we will tackle the issue of ocean plastics in the lead up to the election.