Helium Balloons

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Campaign Name

Helium Balloons

Campaign Target

Queensland Government

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Campaign Goal

Queensland Government to consider the ban of deliberate release of helium balloons.

Campaign Issue/Description

Balloons are a common source of litter found in waterways and on beaches across the Sunshine State and can cause serious harm to marine and bird life which is why their deliberate release has been banned in other jurisdictions including New South Wales and our very own Sunshine Coast.

When deflated balloons are floating in waterways can be ingested by marine life such as turtles, fish and dolphins. This leads to stomach blockages and ultimately starvation. In turtles it will cause floating syndrome and vulnerability to propeller strikes. Birds too can ingest the balloons and suffer serious health issues - they also become entangled in the strings attached and die.

There are many other ways to celebrate or mark special occasions: releasing butterflies or doves, floating fresh flowers or candles, planting a tree - just to name a few.

There is no intention to ban the sale of helium balloons.

We encourage you to help us call on the Queensland Government to consider the ban of "deliberate release of helium balloons" by signing this petition: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2128

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State

Campaign Focus

Waste

Campaign Location

Queensland

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