Exciting news for seabirds and the environment!
This month, as part of the new Environmental Protection Act, deliberately releasing balloons is now considered to be littering and is therefore illegal in Victoria. While they may seem harmless and fun, balloons and their attachments are in fact the number one deadliest form of litter when ingested by seabirds.
Alternatives to using balloons outdoors (and indoors) could be blowing bubbles, hanging reusable bunting, recycled paper decorations or planting a tree.
Phillip Island Nature Parks and conservation partners Zoos Victoria lead the ‘When Balloons Fly, Seabirds Die' campaign to help to bring attention to this issue which was supported by over 230,000 Victorians.
Find out more and take the pledge to #blowbubblesnotballoons at zoo.org.au/balloons