Why Coles' plastic bag backflip leaves us worse off than before

Why Coles’ plastic bag backflip leaves us worse off than before

This unprecedented move is in response to strong backlash by customers who are struggling to switch to reusable bags.


Read more: Why plastic bag bans triggered such a huge reaction


We know that offering free lightweight plastic bags causes excessive plastic use. We also know that banning lightweight bags can increase the use of heavier plastic bags (such as bin liners). Coles’ decision brings out the worst of both worlds: giving out heavier plastic bags for free. Read more

Two workers killed at Simandou

The two Guinean nationals were killed in a single vehicle accident and no other vehicles or personnel were involved.NRW management and local authorities are investigating the incident and the company said it will provide support and counselling for the families and colleagues of the two victims. Read more

Industry Report – Projects

QUEENSLANDPORTSInstallation of fuel line to berths, Townsville (proposed)Principal: Port of TownsvilleScope: Install fuel system to bunker vessels including 1500m steel, pumps, support plinths and in-ground pipe, control and monitoring system, inlet and discharge connections, testing and commissioningStatus: Expressions of interest close November 19, 2008; Read more

Keech to cast longer

A decision to concentrate on core lines and raise its profile in hard-rock mining is paying dividends for one of the country’s oldest castings companies.Keech Castings Australia is about to expand its operations to cope with the strong demand for its products. Read more