September 21st 2009
Bottled water: Let's vote
The debate has been raging for a couple of weeks since Island resident John Becker wrote to Magnetic Times calling for the banning of bottled water on Magnetic Island. So we decided to put it to the vote.
John Becker (read here) was inspired by the small NSW town of Bundanoon which has achieved enormous publicity following its town-wide and near unanimous vote to get a voluntary ban by the Bundanoon shop keepers from selling bottled water after a company sought to take water for bottling from aquifers near Bundanoon.
While many point to the waste of oil and other resources that sees bottled water transported great, carbon-wasting, distances and sold at tremendous mark-ups to perfectly drinkable tap water, others argue that it impinges on individual's rights to purchase products, no matter how senseless, and that water, as a healthy product, should not be penalised while sugar-laden, bottled, soft drinks are ignored.
So, here is the question. Should Magnetic Islanders seek a ban on bottled water by Island shop keepers in return for the installation of public drinking fountains at all shopping and main recreational areas?
To vote just scroll down to our lower right side corner on our front page where you will see the poll.
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