Plastic Free Port Stephens up and running across the entire local government area

PLASTIC-FREE: Port Stephens councillors Glen Dunkley and Sarah Smith with committee members Rob Peel, Alicia Cameron and Chontelle Grecian.
PLASTIC-FREE: Port Stephens councillors Glen Dunkley and Sarah Smith with committee members Rob Peel, Alicia Cameron and Chontelle Grecian.

The environmental revolution that is sweeping the nation has arrived in Port Stephens, signalling a change in the way individuals, businesses and schools go about their daily routines.

The brainchild of Nelson Bay's Alicia Cameron, Plastic Free Port Stephens (PFPS) was created to share ideas and to support each other in reducing the area's plastic consumption wherever possible.

"In one month the group has attracted close to 400 members. Our hope is to inspire, support and empower both businesses and individuals to take everyday actions to be part of the solution to the growing environmental issue of waste," she said.

"PFPS is about bringing our community together to plan for our future, our children's future and our environment. We are not about dictating to anyone how they should live their life and we know this won't be for everyone.

"This isn't a war against plastic, it's an awareness on our actions and there impact. PFPS is here to support anyone who wants to help make positive change but isn't sure where to start. This is just the beginning."

Ms Cameron said that the concept came after seeing the waste in her own business and trying to make changes to make Little Beach Boathouse more environmentally friendly.

"This is a movement to support all residents of Port Stephens, not just those who regularly use or live near our waterways, in supporting our environment."

Ms Cameron said that PFPS would collaborate with the environmental organisations and campaign such as Plastic Free July and Sea Shelter in June.

The group has the backing of Port Stephens Council and at last Tuesday night's meeting, the councillors endorsed a notice of motion to support and advocate on behalf of the Port community and business groups to reduce the amount of single use plastics that are used and disposed of in Port Stephens.

"We hope this can evolve into something greater in Port Stephens. What I do know is that I want to show my kids that I did everything possible to protect the beautiful place we are blessed to call home."

The committee also comprises Chontelle Grecian, Rob Peel, Mel Turner, Deb Stretton, Joanna Atherford Finn, Amie Finn, Jodi Frizzel and Lee Seeto.

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