Fremantle has long had a reputation for being a real haven for lefties, greenies and assorted moonbats. From my own personal experience of the place, there's definitely a lot of truth to this. And this decision by the council to finally ban plastic bags, as it has long intended, certainly confirms that perception.
That said, I don't think that the majority of Freo residents will be too pleased with this crazy, pointless change. As this article states:
Fremantle made headlines in 2005 when it endorsed a strategy to achieve a plastic bag-free city.
However, it has conceded it was unlikely to achieve this aim with a voluntary scheme.
Says a lot about those in power that they are happy to force it on the people, then.
Will be interesting to see what happens. I suspect that shoppers will be mightily pissed off about it, but there will be little overt complaining. They'll just grumble privately and put up with it as they have done with so much of this ferndamentalist insanity.
The reason is that while zealous greenies don't constitute an actual majority down there, they certainly are numerous. And they've been flexing their political muscles for ages. They have simply broken the will of any organized resistance. It's a lot like an occupation, really.