Great editorial in the West Australian today on Freo and plastic bags

Great editorial in the West Australian today on Freo and the plastic bag ban. My sense is that there is strong public support for this local that Fremantle is about to send out for advertising. All going well the local law banning single use plastic bags should be rolled out later this year in Fremantle. It would be good to see the rest of the state follow.


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3 Responses to Great editorial in the West Australian today on Freo and plastic bags

  1. Roger Garwood says:

    The bag initiative is excellent but it may be worth drawing attention to the the article in the Weekend West on Saturday (14-15th) which deals with the rejuvenation of Maylands. While they have allowed for a maximum of 6-8 stories the current achievement has been gained by using existing low level infrastructure, imagination, community consultation (our own community consultation has been dismissed on important issues) and good management. I’m tempted to underline good management.

  2. All very nice . We have been using Fabric bags for the best part of 40 years . However we hardly ever have a customer back to return them and only occasionally see them in the community, even though customers are impressed with the presentation and often thank us.
    They cost almost $1.50 each and I suspect that that is factored into our costing?
    For repairs we use collected supermarket bags and small items (if requested packaging) go into small plastic bags as we cannot justify adding the cost of a paper produced bag.

    PS We have a long single strap that allows the bag to be slung over the shoulder, making them useable on a bike. our next batch will probably have two so they can be used similar to a back pack, if not over filled.
    We can take orders for supplies if other retailers want to promote their businesses.

  3. Diana Ryan says:

    Hello Roger

    Since you’ve slipped in a comment about Maylands redevelopment under the meaningful plastic bag enterprise of Fremantle here, as a long time former resident of Maylands I have to say I’m disappointed with its “upgrade”.

    The shops, whilst not exactly epicurean, are nontheless enterprises which depend very much on the disposable portion of income, ie, boutique bakeries, specialist food products, cafes, small bar (with more slated), gift shops, etc.

    The WA Ballet company, also, has moved to the area, but it was only after the blind institute was allowed to run down over decades – its decay also meant a unique community of blind people, couples and families, who lived together in a cloistered block of units were forced to leave and do the best they could in the private rental market.

    I had hoped Maylands would not develop in such a way as to have its people attractants depend so much on that disposable part of the dollar, and instead attract more commercial and office, and therefore create an activity centre that was contra peak.

    It would have made, hopefully, for a more egalitarian and fuller use of day activity centre – but it would have required the flexibility of height, definitely. Built out areas do.

    Cheers, Roger.

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