‘We’ll rid Coast’s trou­ble spots of fly­ing pests’

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - Blake An­trobus blake.an­trobus@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

PAULINE Han­son’s One Na­tion can­di­date for Her­vey Bay Damian Hux­ham wants to take ac­tion on the Bay’s mozzies and midges.

Mr Hux­ham an­nounced $500,000 would be given to the coun­cil for a new vec­tor con­trol pro­gram if he is elected to the seat of Her­vey Bay and his party man­ages to form gov­ern­ment or hold the bal­ance of power.

The pro­gram would see the Fraser Coast Re­gional Coun­cil and One Na­tion work­ing to re­duce the im­pact of the sting­ing in­sects in places like River Heads and Booral, which have be­come a prob­lem for res­i­dents dur­ing warmer months.

Mr Hux­ham said the pro­posal was based on feed­back from res­i­dents who lived in the ar­eas.

“Most peo­ple ad­vised me of the in­con­ve­nience and need to ‘do some­thing’ to de­ter the con­sis­tent bites and stings from in­sects while try­ing to en­joy an af­ter­noon walk or bar­be­cue,” Mr Hux­ham said. “This is one of the great­est parts of Queens­land and lo­cals should be af­forded ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to en­joy our out­doors with­out the an­noy­ance of sting­ing in­sects.”

The coun­cil cur­rently uses con­trol pro­grams like fog­ging to con­trol mosquitoes when con­di­tions are fierce. Man­age­ment of­fi­cers carry out reg­u­lar in­spec­tions of public wa­ter­courses, re­serves and com­mer­cial ar­eas to iden­tify tar­get ar­eas of mos­quito breed­ing.

Mr Hux­ham said his fund­ing would be used to build a stronger pro­gram.

“The cur­rent pro­gram is not en­tirely ef­fec­tive now,” he said.

“It’s a mat­ter of sit­ting down with the coun­cil and work­ing out how to solve the prob­lem.

“I want peo­ple en­joy­ing the evening out­doors with­out lath­er­ing them­selves in chem­i­cals and wor­ry­ing about things like al­ler­gies.”

❝It's a good idea, the other two aren't much chop, so she (Pauline) can't be much worse.

— John Good­win

❝It's a con­sumer thing, one sheep fol­lows the other. But there's a lot of dis­sat­is­fac­tion.

— Sarah McK­in­non

❝It's sur­pris­ing with that high of a num­ber. Peo­ple seem to be fed up with politi­cians mak­ing prom­ises they can't keep.

— Peter Ware

Peo­ple are dis­sat­is­fied with the ma­jor par­ties, and that's why they're vot­ing like this.

— Mary Gor­don

I think there's dis­il­lu­sion­ment with the ma­jor par­ties, but the other op­tions don't pro­vide the an­swers.

— Graeme Sharpe

I'm sur­prised, I never ex­pected it to be that high. I sup­pose it shows a bit of dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the ma­jor par­ties.

— Matthew Franc

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