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ACT Greens promise to bring back the bubbler

By Jazz - 10 October 2012 7

The ACT Greens were joined by Australia on Tap today as they announced a $386,000 plan to increase access to free drinking water around Canberra with new drinking fountains in key public places and providing mobile water stations at events like Floriade and the Multicultural Festival.

“Providing better access to free drinking water will make our city healthier and more liveable, and help reduce waste from plastic bottles,” said Caroline Le Couteur MLA, ACT Greens Spokesperson for Territory and Municipal Services.

“More drinking fountains around Canberra will make it easier to get a free healthy drink when we need it. It will also help reduce the amount of plastic we buy, much of which ends up in landfill.

“The Greens want to see up to 20 new drinking fountains installed in key areas such as town centres, especially where there lots of walkers and cyclists, and at sport and recreation areas.

“The Greens also commit to providing mobile drinking and refill stations for public events, as well as free reusable water bottles.

“Hundreds of thousands of people come to events like the Multicultural Festival and Floriade every year, lines to buy water can be very long, and easy access to water should simply be provided.

“The Greens announcement today is an important step to help us reduce waste, stay refreshed and save money with the healthiest drink there is,” said Ms Le Couteur.

The ACT Greens were joined by Huw Kingston, from Australia On Tap – a new national campaign aiming to increase access to free drinking water to reduce the environmental costs associated with single use plastic bottles.

“There is a real movement to bring back the bubbler and offer more choice for the public to enjoy water’ Mr Kingston said.

“Numerous councils, towns, schools universities and businesses are now investing in drinking fountains. In the past we survived well enough as a nation without single use bottled water and this initiative by the ACT Greens is a great move to offer more drinking water facilities to people in the ACT,” Mr Kingston said.

ACT Greens media release – Australia on Tap – Huw Kingston, 0418 977 609

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ACT Greens promise to bring back the bubbler
colourful sydney rac 1:59 pm 10 Oct 12

How_Canberran said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

A sensible policy, definitely support this.

Yes, free drinking water to help wash down the mung beans grown in Caroline’s community gardens.
A great initiative.

How Canberran

I withdraw my comments of support, you have won me over with your well structured, concise argument.

Have a twinkie snapper head.

neanderthalsis 1:58 pm 10 Oct 12

How_Canberran said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

A sensible policy, definitely support this.

Yes, free drinking water to help wash down the mung beans grown in Caroline’s community gardens.
A great initiative.

How Canberran

Given the likelihood that the Greens will end up in a balance of power position again, it’s good to see that there are some sensible policies in amongst the other general nutjobbery they support.

Thumper 1:49 pm 10 Oct 12

Eminently sensible.

That is, if they can find a way to stop them being vandalised.

astrojax 1:37 pm 10 Oct 12

was at a sporting facility in the inner south recently, an oval with a change sheds, and there was no access to drinking water on the exterior of the locked facility. good way to treat people who want to use outdoor activity areas to increase their health and fitness, not giving them access to water…

go greens, i say.

How_Canberran 1:34 pm 10 Oct 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

A sensible policy, definitely support this.

Yes, free drinking water to help wash down the mung beans grown in Caroline’s community gardens.
A great initiative.

How Canberran

460cixy 1:27 pm 10 Oct 12

Might be the smartest thing these Wally’s have come up with! Bit will they be maintained like our public bbqs that rarely work?

colourful sydney rac 1:10 pm 10 Oct 12

A sensible policy, definitely support this.

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