Breaking news, today 7 November 2019

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch has announced a single use plastic straw ban in Queensland.

The media statement can be viewed here

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/11/7/plastic-pollution-reduction-plan-outlines-way-forward-to-tackle-singleuse-plastics

The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is thrilled to hear the support of Minister Enoch, on ground efforts of the Last Straw on the GBR has resulted in 377 venues already going plastic straw free in the GBR. These efforts have been recorded in a extensive database which has allowed The Last Straw to track the reduction in straws across the GBR. Data indicates a reduction of approximately 7 million plastic straws per annum since the Last Straw on the GBR started in 2017.

Businesses are encouraged to get on the forefront and take action sooner rather than wait for the proposed legislation changes. Businesses and communities can do this, it is very evident in the Cairns region with over 120 businesses being plastic straw free. Business owners looking for advice on how to switch to plastic alternatives are encouraged to reach out to The Last Straw on the GBR for support and utilise resources on their webpage.

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