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These Shopping Centres Have Just Banned Helium Balloons

There has been talk of a helium balloon ban in Queensland, but one chain of south-east shopping centres have decided to take pre-emptive action.

Retail First Pty Ltd have banned helium balloons at its 20 shopping centres – including the use of the balloons by individual retailers in the centres.

The move follows remnants of one of the brand’s balloons inside the stomach of an endangered grey-headed Albatross that was discovered dead, reports Newscorp.

They’re not alone in the bold decision to ban helium balloons.

LendLease has also banned the use of them from their retails centres on the Sunshine Coast, Mackay and Cairns.

In New South Wales, the mass release of more than 20 helium balloons has been banned since 1999. A similar ban was made on the Sunshine Coast in 2011.

The Queensland State Government has been called on to introduce a similar ban over concerns the remnants can harm wildlife and eco systems.

Retail First shopping centres include Arndale Shopping Centre, Aspley Hypermarket, Australia Fair, Australia Fair Metro, Booval Fair, Brookside Shopping Centre, Calamvale Central, Cannon Hill Kmart Plaza, Capalaba Park, Fairfield Gardens, Logan Central Plaza, Margate Village, Mt Gravatt Plaza, Peninsula Fair, Redbank Plaza, Stafford City Shopping Centre, Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown, Sunnybank Plaza, Sunny Park and Toowong Village.

Photo: Capalaba Park

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