Shepparton News

Pollen tallies you can count on spring up

- By Max Stainkamph

Goulburn Valley residents will be able to access grass pollen counts earlier than usual this year, as the Melbourne Pollen Count begins.

The Melbourne Pollen Count has been part of Melbourne’s spring for more than 30 years, providing daily grass pollen counts and forecasts from October 1 through to December 31.

This year, the count has begun a month earlier and will count more types of pollen. The count will also be accessible on an app.

A statement on the Melbourne Pollen Count Facebook page said the decision was based on feedback from users.

“With forecasts for pollen from trees like cypress, eucalypts, ash and plane, weeds like plantain and spores from the mould Alternaria provided daily, we are hoping the new forecasts will help you plan better and take more control of your allergies,” it said.

“But we don’t know how important these are as triggers here in Victoria. That’s why we are asking you to help us find out what is triggering your hay fever by telling us about your symptoms regularly through the Melbourne pollen survey.

“Lots of survey scores mean we can pinpoint the ones that impact you the most.”

Some of the new services cost a subscripti­on, but the grass pollen count and asthma thundersto­rm forecast are free.

Search Melbourne Pollen Count on the app store to find out more.

 ??  ?? Early start: This year’s pollen counts have begun early.
Early start: This year’s pollen counts have begun early.

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