Biting back at mozzies
GLADSTONE Regional Council is tackling an itchy issue to help minimise the damage of the current major mosquito event being experienced throughout much of the region.
Council’s Environment and Regulation Portfolio spokesperson councillor Col Chapman said council had been assisting industry such as Queensland Alumina Limited to identify mosquito breeding sites and advise on best practice management techniques.
“This industry partnership is part of council’s recently revised Mosquito Management Plan which also involves bringing back the Gladstone Region Mosquito Forum,” Cr Chapman said.
“The forum, comprised of council and industry, will meet at least twice a year, before and after the wet season, to discuss management strategies and key learnings.”
QAL health, safety, environment and communities manager Ross Greenhalgh said the mosquito control program focused on management of mosquito larvae.
“QAL has always had a program in place where known breeding sites are regularly monitored and treated if any larvae is evident throughout the year,” he said.
Cr Chapman said council officers were still carrying out daily monitoring and mosquito fogging at sites around the Gladstone region, specifically targeting schools and kindergartens.
“Unfortunately fogging is just a temporary measure and something which is rendered ineffective during wet weather,” he said.
“Council advises residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes by wearing long-sleeved protective clothing when outside during early morning, late afternoon and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, and by using plenty of insect repellent.”
For more information on the management plan and how to minimise mosquito breeding sites around your home, visit www.gladstonerc.qld.gov.au.
Hard copies of a Mosquito Checklist are available from council offices around the region.