Of­fend­ers play­ing big role in mos­quito con­trol

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

Adult of­fend­ers serv­ing com­mu­nity-based or­ders are do­ing their bit for re­gional health as part of a pub­lic health pro­gram to pre­vent the spread of mos­quito-borne dis­ease.

A mos­quito bait­ing pro­gram from a Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices and City of Kar­ratha part­ner­ship, now in its third year, uses the help of Adult Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions of­fend­ers to lay baits through­out the City and min­imise the num­ber of mos­qui­toes dur­ing the wet sea­son.

DCS and City rep­re­sen­ta­tives and up to seven of­fend­ers a day spend three to four weeks be­fore the rains ar­rive lay­ing baits in pools of water and low­ly­ing, of­ten re­mote and dif­fi­cult-to-ac­cess lo­ca­tions to pre­vent mos­qui­toes reach­ing ma­tu­rity, and have been busy this year with a par­tic­u­larly wet sea­son fore­cast for the Pil­bara.

DCS Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne com­mu­nity work of­fi­cer Lau­rie Fletcher said he had se­lected the pro­gram be­cause it of­fered prac­ti­cal ben­e­fits for of­fend­ers do­ing com­mu­nity work and for the City.

“I said to them ‘that would be fan­tas­tic for us’ be­cause it’s help­ing the whole com­mu­nity, and we can help them so they get ev­ery­thing into the ground be­fore it rains,” he said.

He said be­cause winds could carry mos­qui­toes up to 10km from their point of ori­gin once de­vel­oped, ev­ery baited pool of water made a dif­fer­ence. ACC of­fend­ers also help make about 1200 bait hold­ers re­quired for the pro­gram a year.

The baits stop mos­quito lar­vae from growing in bod­ies of water and are not poi­sonous to hu­mans or an­i­mals.

DCS Adult Com­mu­nity Cor­rec­tions Pil­bara re­gional man­ager Paula Hyde said the pub­lic health an­gle of this pro­gram made it an im­por­tant source of life skills that helped re­duce par­tic­i­pants’ chances of re-of­fend­ing.

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