World Environment Day

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.