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.
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.