A community discussion to cut down on waste may see helium balloons banned from Queensland government events. The state government says the move will pull Queensland into line with NSW, which has banned the mass release of lighter-than-air balloons at government functions for more than a decade. Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones says conservation groups have argued for years that the move would not only cut waste but reduce the death rate of marine animals. "In fact, Queensland Newspapers has published an article every year about turtles ingesting plastic such as deflated balloons," she said. Ms Jones said Queenslanders could still have their say on the new draft strategy to cut waste. "Nowhere in the draft strategy does it propose to ban helium balloons at private functions, or any functions not sponsored by the state government," Ms Jones said. "The draft strategy is intended to generate public discussion about actions we can take to reduce the impact of waste on our environment."