Town says yes to Bundy on Tap



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The small town of Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, south west of Sydney, has voted overwhelmingly to ban the sale of bottled water.

355 people of the town of 2,500 turned up for a meeting last night to decide whether the town should cease the sale of bottled water in its businesses. Only one person voted in favour of the bottles.

"Bundanoon could not have made its position clearer on bottled water," said Huw Kingston, the owner of the town’s combined café and bike shop, in a statement. "We can go forward with the strength of the community and Bundanoon’s businesses right behind us.''

"It was the biggest ever turnout in the Bundanoon community – this is a common sense approach for which there is overwhelming support,'' Kingston said.

Thirsty visitors will be able to buy hard plastic water bottles which can be filled up for free at water bubblers throughout the town. Chilled water inside shops will be available for a small fee.

"We are very much hoping that this move will get Australians to rethink the half billion dollars a year that they spend on bottled water. Just as Coles Bay led the way on plastic bags, we believe that Bundanoon will lead the way on bottled water," said Jon Dee, founder of Planet Ark and chairman of the organisation Do Something.

Bundanoon’s push has already led to reductions in bottled water use. Kingston and Dee joined in congratulating the NSW Premier Nathan Rees on his decision yesterday to follow the lead of Bundanoon by banning bottled water in all Government Departments.

Australians spent about $500 million on buying bottled water in 2008.