Environmental groups are lobbying to ban helium balloons, as the amounts that wash up on our shores are staggering.

With the EKKA here, there’s even more helium-filled balloons flying through our skies – but we forget that they have to land somewhere, usually in our oceans or washed up on our pristine beaches.

This is a listener photo of the haul collected on North Stradbroke Island’s Flinders Beach over a 12 month period.

Photo: Mary Pollard.

There’s also a helium shortage in the world, with MRI machines needing the helium to operate.

Laurel, Gary and Mark come up with an alternative to releasing balloons into the sky…


Photo: Stock Image & Mary Pollard

Missed Laurel Gary & Mark? Catch up by clicking play below and join us from 5:30AM every weekday!