A Private Members Bill, introduced by Greens Ms Nina Springle MLC in the Legislative Council, seeking to amend the Environment Protection Act 1970 to introduce a container deposit scheme in Victoria, was debated in Parliament on Wednesday 8 August and was defeated unanimously, with the Labor, Liberal and National Parties all voting against the amendment to the Bill.
Container Deposit Schemes are now operating in SA, NT, NSW and ACT with QLD commencing on 1 November 2018 and the Western Australian Scheme commencing early 2020, leaving Victoria as the only mainland state without a Container Deposit Scheme.
Although the NSW Government has set up a temporary assistance package that will help cross border retailers within 80 kilometres of the Victorian border, a long-term solution to the economical impact to their businesses due to cross border trading has left many retailers with uncertainty about their long-term viability.
MGA is constantly working with the NSW Small Business Commissioner, Robyn Hobbs and Deputy Premier Joe Barilaro to develop a workable long-term assistant package for those retailers affected by cross border trading.
According to the President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson MP, there is a COAG Meeting planned for later this year where all the state Environment Ministers will be meeting to seek out a national approach to CDS, which gives hope to our NSW members.
Should member's have any further queries, please contact George Kovits from MGA on free call 1800 888 479.