Mosquitos and disease - Fight the Bite!
Mosquitoes are going to be out in force this year. Mosquitoes can give people serious diseases like Ross River Virus, Barmah Forest Virus and Murray Valley Encephalitis. Follow these 4 simple steps to protect your family from mosquito bites.
- Try and avoid areas where mosquitoes are common, like swamps and marshlands.
- Wear loose, long and light coloured clothing, especially around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear mosquito repellent. Use brands that contain either DEET or Picaridin, apply to all uncovered skin and follow the label directions.
- Get rid of mosquitoes around the house by using plugin insecticide mats, flying insect knock-down sprays and fly screens. Remove any water-holding containers outside the house where mosquitoes could breed.
Repellent guidelines 2011
NSW Health Fact Sheet - Barmah Forest Virus
For more information: www.health.nsw.gov.au
Weeds & Spraying
Berrigan Shire Council is concerned with providing residents and visitors of the Shire with a safe and sustainable environment and has developed recommendations and guidelines for maintaining land and eradicating weeds within the Shire.
Although there are many plants that could be classed as weeds, only those plants which have a detrimental effect or cause serious economic loss to agriculture or the environment are considered as candidates for declaration as noxious weeds or plants.
There are two categories of noxious plants:
- State declared - these noxious weeds are the most important and pose an ongoing serious threat to agriculture or the environment throughout the state
- Local Council declared - they are noxious plants that cause problems within a local county area, catchment or region
For more information about Noxious Plants and identifying them, phone the Finley office of the Central Murray County Council on (03) 5883 1764 or the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
The Central Murray County Council (CMCC) is the Local Government body responsible for the control and eradication noxious plants in the Murray, Berrigan, Conargo, Windouran and Deniliquin Shires.
CMCC is also responsible for inspecting private property for noxious plants and advising landholders or occupiers on control and eradication.
Collecting firewood from roadsides or within NSW Forests is banned within the Berrigan Shire without a permit. Permits for firewood collection are available from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, a downloadable form can be filled out as below.
Firewood Collection Application Form.
The Drain is just for rain
Berrigan Shire, in partnership with the NSW Environmental Protection Authority is part of a campaign to reduce pollutants in drains and our water ways which includes the Murray River.
Any litter, garden fertilisers and pesticides, grease and oils, cigarette butts, sediments and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, washed down drains can cause serious stormwater pollution and is dangerous to the environment.
Every resident in Berrigan Shire can help ensure our waterways and the environment remains healthy by being aware of the dangers.
"The drain is just for rain".
Tips to reduce stormwater pollution
- Don't put any rubbish or pollutants down the drain. This includes leaves, grass clipping and pet droppings
- If washing your car, do so on grass or over gravel, not on the street
- Keep your driveways and gutters clean andsweep up leaves and grass clippings and place in your compost bin
- Ensure chemicals are stored properly and safely and clean up any spills quickly. Do not allow any chemicals to leak into drains and gutters.
Residents can contact Council for more information regarding environmental issues during business hours on (03) 5888 5100 or visit Council offices between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.