Contiguous Local Authorities Group (CLAG) funding scheme

Current CLAGs in Western Australia

The Department of Health is responsible for monitoring mosquito-borne diseases and coordinating the management of insects of public health significance across Western Australia (WA). A key component of this statewide program is to provide support for local government mosquito management programs through the Contiguous Local Authorities Group (CLAG) funding scheme. The CLAG scheme is a mechanism to assist local governments with management, funding and advice on the technical aspects of health-driven mosquito control, in an effort to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases throughout WA.

CLAGs are comprised of one or more (contiguous) local governments that share a common mosquito problem, usually in the form of natural or man-made habitat that breed mosquitoes which subsequently impact on surrounding communities. The Department of Health funded CLAG scheme was endorsed by Cabinet in 1990. Since that time, the scheme has provided funding to 18 CLAGs across the state, comprising a total of 34 local governments.

Current CLAGs in Western Australia

There are currently 18 CLAGs across WA, including:

  • Ashburton (Shire of Ashburton)
  • Broome (Shire of Broome)
  • Carnarvon (Shire of Carnarvon)
  • Derby-West Kimberley (Shire of Derby-West Kimberley)
  • East Pilbara (Shire of East Pilbara)
  • East Swan River (Towns of Bassendean and Victoria Park and Cities of Bayswater, Belmont and Swan)
  • Esperance (Shire of Esperance)
  • Exmouth (Shire of Exmouth)
  • Geographe (City of Busselton and Shire of Capel)
  • Halls Creek (Shire of Halls Creek)
  • Leschenault (City of Bunbury and Shires of Dardanup and Harvey)
  • Peel (Cities of Mandurah and Rockingham and Shires of Murray and Waroona)
  • Port Hedland (Town of Port Hedland)
  • Karratha (City of Karratha)
  • South Coast (City of Albany)
  • Southern Metropolitan (Cities of Cockburn and Kwinana)
  • Swan-Canning Rivers (Primary members: Cities of South Perth, Canning, Melville and Perth. Secondary members: Cities of Nedlands and Subiaco)
  • Wyndham East Kimberley (Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley)

CLAG funding opportunities

The scheme currently provides a proportion of funding toward the cost of the following:

  • mosquito larvicides
  • adulticides (in northern WA only where treating large water bodies during and after the wet season is unrealistic)
  • public education efforts, including Fight the Bite
  • mosquito management related equipment
  • minor earthworks to eliminate mosquito breeding sites
  • mosquito management related training and development
  • 100% of the cost associated with helicopter aerial treatments in high risk Ross River virus areas of WA's South West region

How to form a CLAG

Further information on forming a CLAG and accessing funding opportunities, please refer to the Guide to Contiguous Local Authorities Groups and funding applications (127KB).  

More information

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Phone: (08) 9285 5500
Email: medical.entomology@health.wa.gov.au
Last reviewed: 22-10-2019
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