Council to investigate banning helium balloons at events

ENVIRONMENTAL STAIN: City of Victor Harbor councillor Moira Jenkins with balloons that wash up on beaches and cause damage to marine wildlife.
ENVIRONMENTAL STAIN: City of Victor Harbor councillor Moira Jenkins with balloons that wash up on beaches and cause damage to marine wildlife.

City of Victor Harbor councillor Moira Jenkins with the support of fellow elected members, in particular Bob Marshall, is on a crusade to rid community events of helium balloons.

Cr Jenkins successfully moved at the December 18 council meeting that council investigate the introduction of bylaws to ban the use of helium filled balloons in outdoor areas in Victor Harbor and that Alexandrina and Yankalilla Council be invited to take part to protect the marine and native environment.

“Following the Christmas Pageant a number of community members contacted me in regard to the number of balloons that were released and the potential damage it could cause wildlife and sea creatures in the area,” Cr Jenkins said.

“Dolphins, turtles, sea birds and whales have all been killed by balloons either through ingestion of the balloon or through entanglement with the string. As a council we have a responsibility to protect our coastal and marine animals and having council sponsored events with helium balloons does the opposite of that.

“What goes up, must come down and balloons are a hazard and an ugly litter, which cover thousands of miles and pollute the most remote and pristine places.”

Cr Marshall said helium balloons are a thing of the past. “About time someone woke up and did something about this, as balloons cause so much damage to our environment,” he said.

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