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Council to continue inspection program

The last thing Charters Towers residents want to be confronted with during this year is another dengue fever outbreak.

Charters Towers Regional Council is calling on all residents to remain vigilant to the dangers of dengue fever.

To assist with this process, Council will continue the inspection program that monitors public health risks associated with mosquitos in the Charters Towers Regional Council area.

Councillor Bernie Robertson, whose portfolio responsibilities include environmental matters, said the ongoing inspection program as an important public health issue.

“The current program has been successful and continuing this program will allow a significant area to be inspected,” Cr Robertson said.

As part of the current inspection program, up to the end of January, the following property inspections had been undertaken: Greenvale 99, Pentland 34 and Charters Towers 101.

All schools in Greenvale, Pentland and Charters Towers have also been inspected and treated where necessary.

Cr Robertson said it was important that property owners do not get complacent when it came to the dangers of mosquitos and dengue fever.

“Council has issued 22 letters to property owners in relation to potential mosquito breeding sites that require follow up treatment and inspection,” he said.

Remember, to reduce your risk of getting dengue, just follow three simple steps: Tip It, Store It, Throw It.

  • Tip out water from things like pot plant bases, plastic containers, tarpaulins, tin cans or buckets
  • Store anything that can hold water undercover or in a dry place, including tyres, gardening equipment, toys, buckets, trailers or boats
  • Throw out any rubbish lying around your yard like leaves in gutters, fallen palm fronds and unused containers or tyres.

For everything you need to know about dengue, please visithttp://www.health.qld.gov.au/dengue/default.asp

For tips on how to prevent dengue in the home, please visit http://www.health.qld.gov.au/dengue/prevent/home.asp

For further assistance please contact Charters Towers Regional Council on 4761 5300.

Council will also continue to monitor compliance of animal regulations, particularly in relation to dogs and cats. Dog owners are reminded that all dogs on all properties within defined city and township areas in the Council region must be registered.

Details of dog registration requirements are available by following the link: http://www.charterstowers.qld.gov.au/register-your-animal

MG 20 March 2015

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