The Department of Health is investigating the prospect of chemically controlling mosquitoes in wetlands along the Swan and Canning Rivers using a helicopter, and will be hosting a community information session where residents and community members are invited to attend, ask questions and provide comments.
A helicopter has been used to control mosquitoes in the southwest of Western Australia (Peel, Leschenault and Geographe Regions) for many years. It can offer benefits such as better control of mosquito breeding sites that are very difficult/dangerous to access on foot, however, there are also other aspects that need to be considered such as the impacts of a helicopter flying low to the ground over mosquito breeding wetlands, and in some cases the helicopter may need to fly close to houses if they are adjacent to these wetlands.
The session will cover current mosquito management practices, mosquito-borne disease risks in the area, and provide further information about the helicopter program that is currently being investigated as an additional control method to current practices.
Present at the information session will be respresentatives from the Department of Health, as well as officers from the cities of Subiaco and Nedlands who manage the mosquitoes in their respective local governments.
Date: Monday 1 December
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Palms Community Centre, corner of Nicholson and Rokeby Roads, Subiaco
If you wish to attend, please RSVP to email@example.com or 9388 4999 by Thursday 27 November. As the Department of Health is hosting several of these sessions, please use ‘RSVP Subiaco’ as the subject heading.
Those who are unable to attend the information session will have the opportunity to provide comments via an online survey that will be made available on the Department of Health website following the community information session.
As part of this investigation, the Department of Health will also be consulting with environmental agencies to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation and examine the cost effectiveness of a helicopter control program compared to current control methods.
For further information, please contact the Environmental Health Directorate at the WA Department of Health on 9388 4999 or firstname.lastname@example.org