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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 27 2008
YOUR LOCAL CUMBERLAND NEWSPAPER THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2008 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST FIONA BRADY Party's Canada Bay bans helium balloons over CANADA Bay Council has been labelled a ''party-pooper'' for banning helium balloons. The council has defended its policy, saying it is for environmental reasons. And the Environment and Climate Change Department backs the council's stance. But that's a lot of hot air, according to one disbelieving dad who saw the policy in practice at the recent Ferragosto Festival in Five Dock. Phil Sylvester said he couldn't be- lieve it when a Canada Bay ranger intervened when his two-year-old son Lewis was handed a helium balloon by a member of a local church group. ''He (the ranger) said, 'I've told you before, don't hand them out, it's an offence'.'' Mr Sylvester has accused the council of being overly officious, describing the rangers as the ''fun police''. He said the issue had generated a huge amount of interest when it was discussed on the radio show he pro- duces for 2GB's Chris Smith. A spokeswoman for Canada Bay Council said it had a ''long-standing practice'' of prohibiting helium bal- loons at all council and community events. ''This is a very common practice among local councils and is an unfortu- nate necessity designed to protect the many bird species which mistake the discarded and deflated balloons for food,'' she said. ''It also ensures less waste ends up in our waterways.'' The Environment and Climate Change Department agrees. ''Helium balloons are non- biodegradable and once they come from the sky, are a source of litter or, if they fall into the sea, can be mistaken as a source of food by marine life and sea birds -- causing injury or death,'' a spokewoman said. SEE PAGE 20 FOR DETAILS FUN POLICE Phil Sylvester describes Canada Bay Council as the 'fun police' after a ranger intervened when his two- year-old son Lewis was handed a helium balloon at the Ferragosto Festival OR GREEN WARRIORS The Environment and Cli- mate Change Department says helium balloons can be a source of litter that can injure or kill marine life and sea birds WHAT OTHER COUNCILS SAY Strathfield and Ashfield councils cur- rently have no policy on helium balloons Burwood Council asks parents to tie balloons around their children's wrists or at- tach them to prams
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