CELEBRATING WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY IN THE BEACHES
Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski encourages residents of the Beaches to celebrate World Environment Day today, Tuesday 5 June.
“World Environment Day is observed to encourage awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
“It’s also a great opportunity to celebrate our beautiful local environment here in Mackellar” Mr Falinski said.
The Coalition Government is delivering practical outcomes for our environment, including:
- delivering $1.1 billion over seven years from 2016-17 to 2022-23 for continuation of the National Landcare Program to support on-the-ground action;
- announcing an additional $500 million investment to further protect the Great Barrier Reef to ensure the health of the Reef;
- investing over $255 million for species conservation, appointing Australia’s first ever Threatened Species Commissioner and launching the first ever Threatened Species Prospectus; and
- working with states, territories and to voluntarily phase out the use of microbeads in cosmetic and personal care products, with 94 per cent of these products now microbead-free.
The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is Beat Plastic Pollution, which is a vital challenge for Australia.
Last financial year, 3.5 million tonnes of plastics were consumed in Australia and 5.7 billion single-use plastic bags were used. That’s more than 200 bags per person.