More bite for shire cof­fers

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

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.

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