More bite for shire coffers
ALTHOUGH they aren’t as big as horse flies anymore, mozzies are out and about but thankfully there will be more money to slap them away this summer.
The Campaspe Shire will receive additional funding to help its long-standing role in mosquito control.
As part of the Victorian Government’s $4.6 million boost, 17 higher risk and flood-affected councils across rural Victoria will receive funding to combat the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
This comes as a spike in the insects carrying the Ross River virus were detected in northern Victoria.
‘‘It’s been an ideal breeding season for mosquitoes. That’s why we’re ramping up our efforts to stop the spread of mozzies,’’ Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.
‘‘Fewer mosquitoes will help families and visitors to regional Victoria alike enjoy a nicer, safer summer.’’
The money Campaspe receives will go towards funding activities that range from trapping mosquitoes to identifying types and estimating numbers.
They will also test sentinel chickens and use control agents such as larvicides to stop mosquito larvae from growing where mosquito numbers are excessive.
“More than anything, mosquitoes are a nuisance. However, their bite can turn nasty for the few who get infected with a mosquitoborne disease,’’ Ms Hennessy said.