[Photo by No Balloon Release Australia]

Here at Light to Light Camps we welcome any effort to keep the beautiful Far South Coast as clean and pristine as it can be. We know that many people who live in this wonderful part of the world feel this way too!

And so it was wonderful to see our Bega Valley Shire Council take a stand for our local environment last week by banning the release of balloons at council events and on council reserves.

Balloons, you may ask? What’s the big deal? The problem is what happens to them once they float away.

“There are far better ways to celebrate or commemorate
than a mass littering that will kill wildlife on land and at sea.”

Balloons used to made from natural latex. But the synthetic balloons of today, once they fall back to earth, become litter that never goes away.

Until, that is, they get mistaken for food by birds, animals and fish. Once this happens, the poor creature likely dies, through digestive blockage, strangulation or choking.

Affected wildlife include marine animals such as shearwaters and turtles, as well as freshwater critters such as platypus.

As one supporter of the ban accurately surmised: “There are far better ways to celebrate or commemorate than a mass littering that will kill wildlife on land and at sea.” Well said.

That’s why marine scientists all over the world support banning the mass release of balloons. It’s why we do, too.

So, cheers Bega Valley Shire Council. Your people (and your local environment and critters) thank you.

And thank you to organizations like No Balloon Release AustraliaTake 3 and the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre that support initiatives like this to keep crap out of our ocean. ‘On ya.

Jenny Robb, who has spent the last 3 decades exploring the rivers, trails, forests and beaches of the Far South Coast, is the founder of Light to Light Camps. She is passionate about this region – its natural beauty and its communities. For a guide to the history and nature of the area, Jenny is worth having a chat to. (Anyone who knows her, knows she loves a chat!)