Brighton-based Sustainable Australia Party MP Clifford Hayes has praised the City of Bayside’s commitment to ban all single-use plastics at council-controlled facilities, pressuring other municipalities to follow suit.

On Tuesday 19 March, Councillors voted unanimously to turf single-use straws, cups, spoons, containers, bags and plastic cutlery within the Bayside Corporate Centre and Libraries by the end of this financial year, and in all council-owned properties (including community centres, senior citizen centres and community-leased facilities) by the end of the next financial year.

As a former Mayor and Councillor of Bayside City Council, Mr Hayes had been pushing for all state and local governments to dump single-use plastics.

Elizabeth Jensen, President of Marine Care Ricketts Point, said Mr Hayes’ advocacy and support of the campaign proved to be a difference maker.

Now, the Member for Southern Metropolitan Melbourne is challenging other councils – and the State Government – to do their part.

“This is an admirable step forward for Bayside City Council; and one that I am in complete support of,” Mr Hayes said.

“I urge other councils, and the State Government, to follow suit and do their bit for the environment.

“These items are used for a couple of minutes, yet they’re left to pollute our environment for thousands of years.

“If every council and government body did the same, we would be in a much better place.”