Bob Irwin says ‘no’ to plastic bags on Capricorn Coast
BOB Irwin has helped tackle wild crocodiles for most of his life but now the Australian wildlife campaigner is helping tackle the issue of plastic bags.
Announced last month, Mr Irwin signed on as the official ambassador of the Plastic Bag Free campaign on the Capricorn Coast.
In September, more than 2000 people from Livingstone Shire signed the Plastic Bag Free Livingstone Petition which was presented to Parliament by Keppel MP Brittany Lauga.
Mr Irwin said the Bob Irwin Wildlife and Conservation Foundation was dedicated to community education and advocacy on behalf of wildlife and protection of the environment and this campaign was close to his heart.
"I strongly back this campaign which has an objective to ban single use plastic bags," Mr Irwin said.
"I have personally seen the devastating effects of plastic bags on our marine life, particularly sea turtles and birds. It takes many painful months for a single sea turtle to die after ingesting plastic bags, something that is a common sight around rehabilitation centres across our beautiful state.
"It doesn't make sense anymore that we would still want to use plastic bags and not seek an alternative, safer option for our wildlife and the environment.
"It is frightening to think that over one million plastic bags a minute are being distributed right around the world."
Mrs Lauga and Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig revealed they were investigating the possibility of an environmentally friendly bag manufacturer operating on the Capricorn Coast and that they would be looking to the State Government for support to help fund the project under the Advance Queensland Program; an investment of $180 million over four years to create knowledge-based jobs of the future.
On November 28 Plastic Bag Free are planning an event with key local and state government members along with Mr Irwin.