The City of Mandurah’s mosquito management team, in conjunction with the Peel Mosquito Management Group (PMMG), presented the 2016/17 annual report at this week’s full Council Meeting.
The presentation provided an overview of the PMMG activities with a specific focus on the City of Mandurah during the season.
The report stated that mosquito management activities undertaken increased significantly when compared to 2015/16, resulting in a twofold increase in the number of aerial treatments required throughout the region. The 2016/17 season proved challenging with 2507 hectares having been treated since July.
The increase in activity reflected predictions for the season made at the end of the 2015/16.
The Council meeting also heard that the PMMG continued to implement a number of improvements to helicopter application processes and equipment that helped the efficiency, accuracy, and quality control of aerial treatment operations over recent seasons.
Other 2016/17 highlights included:
- 21 aerial larviciding treatments were undertaken, covering a total of 2627 hectares. This is a 263 percent increase on season 2015/16 and was on par with seasons 2013 to 2015.
- The average size of the aerial treatments increased to 125 hectares, compared to 80 hectares in 2015/16.
- October (267 hectares) and March (255.2 hectares) were the largest individual treatments completed.
- Monitoring included 24 adult mosquito trapping rounds throughout the season.
- Community education through email updates, social media posts and information sessions.
- Industry information-sharing presentations and opportunities included the Mosquito Control Association of Australia Conference, Environmental Health Australia State Conference, and the visiting Malaysian Institute of Environmental Health delegation.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman praised the coordinated and collaborative efforts of all involved in the region’s mosquito management during 2016/17.
“The mosquito management program is absolutely vital so we can continue to enjoy Mandurah’s lifestyle and minimise disease,” he said.
“We knew it was going to be a challenging season and took steps to reduce the impact on our community.
“Many residents will be familiar with the personal protective measures recommended to fight the bite, and it is important that we protect ourselves and our families and not to rely on mosquito reduction efforts alone.”
For more information on the City of Mandurah’s mosquito management program go to www.mandurah.wa.gov.au.