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Buzzing pests

RES­I­DENTS have been warned to be aware of an in­crease in the num­ber of mos­qui­toes af­ter re­cent wet weather. Mos­qui­toes that breed around houses can trans­mit dis­eases such as Ross River virus and Dengue fever to hu­mans, and heart worms to dogs. To re­duce the num­bers of the pests, in­spect your yard and en­sure your rain­wa­ter tanks are screened and tip out wa­ter ly­ing in any con­tain­ers. If you’re out­doors, wear long, loose cloth­ing and use in­sect re­pel­lent to pro­tect your­self against bites. Un­der the Pub­lic Health Reg­u­la­tion 2005, it’s an of­fence to al­low mos­qui­toes to breed in wa­ter on your prop­erty.

High achiev­ers

BA­NANA stu­dents re­cently took part in the ICAS English and Writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Spe­cial men­tion to Biloela State High School’s El­iza Kroll, Kate Jensen and Jake Lip­sys. El­iza achieved a high dis­tinc­tion in writ­ing, fin­ish­ing in the top 1 per cent of Aus­tralian Year 9 stu­dents. Kate also re­ceived a high dis­tinc­tion in writ­ing af­ter plac­ing in the top 2 per cent of Year 7 stu­dents. Jake scored in the top 7 per cent of Year 8 stu­dents for English and re­ceived a dis­tinc­tion.

Re­cy­cle and earn

QUEENS­LAND is great at many things but re­cy­cling is not one of them. Each year, about 3 bil­lion bev­er­age con­tain­ers are gen­er­ated in our state alone and are the sec­ond most lit­tered item. Biloela re­cy­cling trans­fer sta­tion is tak­ing part in in the Con­tain­ers for Change Scheme to help keep our beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment lit­ter-free. The state-wide cam­paign kicks off on Novem­ber 1, giv­ing peo­ple 10 cents for each el­i­gi­ble con­tainer re­turned to a re­fund point.

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