Back in February, at the behest of Plastic Bag Free Inner West campaigner Marilyn Olliff, I moved that the Council look at ways we can cut down on throwaway plastic, like shopping bags. Many of which, end up clogging our waterways and foreshore and doing terrible harm to animals and sea life.

I’m pleased to say, and thanks to Marilyn and other wonderful conservationists, the ‘Boomerang Bags‘ campaign is ready to launch in Hobsons Bay.

Marilyn Olliff, Boomerang Bags Projects

The busy and versatile Marilyn led a working bee at Williamstown’s wonderful Loom Room recently. The retired academic is a very active member of the Loom Room, as well as a participant in regular clean-ups of our foreshore as part of the Wader Beach project. The cloth bags will be placed in a bin outside Coles and other supermarkets.

Local shoppers who are keen to do the right thing but have forgotten their recyclable shopping bags can just borrow one from the bin and return it when they’re next out shopping.

A great practical response to the scourge of throwaway plastic. Thanks to Marilyn and other hard-working environmentalists in our city.