09 April 2015

Have your say on mosquito control in online survey

A helicopter in the air with scrub and sky in the background.
Source: City of Mandurah

WA Health is conducting an online survey to give residents living along Perth’s Swan and Canning Rivers an opportunity to have their say on a proposal to use helicopters to control mosquito breeding in local wetlands.

WA Health acting Director Environmental Health, Dr Mike Lindsay, said helicopters could be used as an alternative to or in addition to current ground-based control methods in the metropolitan area.

“Helicopters have been used to control mosquitoes in the southwest of WA for many years,” Dr Lindsay said.

“While a helicopter can access mosquito breeding sites that are very difficult and dangerous to access on foot, we also need to consider the impact of a helicopter flying low over mosquito breeding wetlands and any adjacent houses.”

The online survey follows a series of forums held last year to get community feedback on the feasibility of using helicopters in the metropolitan area.

WA Health works with local goverments in the metropolitan area to manage mosquitoes, including the Towns of Bassendean and Victoria Park and the Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Canning, Melville, Nedlands, Perth, South Perth, Subiaco and Swan.  

“This is a feasibility study only. There is no commitment at this stage from WA Health or local governments for a helicopter mosquito control program to be implemented in the metropolitan area,” Dr Lindsay said.

To go ahead the program will need to be:

  • supported by local government, landowners of affected sites and the local community
  • affordable and cost effective
  • able to comply with all necessary regulations
  • effective in controlling mosquitoes

To take part in the survey, visit the WA Health Mosquito management webpage (external site).

The survey must be completed by Wednesday 22 April 2015.

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