Its that time of year again and the mozzies are out and about. Fogging is a service provided by the Shire but as with any pest problem, we need to work together in taking precautions to help to reduce the mosquito population. How can you limit mosquitoes in and around your home?
Install flywire screens on all windows and self-closing wire screens on doors. Check them regularly and mend any holes.
Prevent pools of water from forming – get rid of unused tins, tyres and similar rubbish, clean gutters and drains regularly and mend leaking taps.
Change pets’ drinking water and the water in vases, pot plants and bird baths at least once a week.
Put sand around the base of pot plants to absorb excess water in the dish.
Flush unused toilets once a week.
Keep swimming pools chlorinated or salted and empty them completely when not in use for long periods.
Empty children’s wading pools if not being used regularly.
Keep fishponds stocked with fish.
If you have a rainwater tank or alternative water storage devices.
Turn reticulation on at night after you have gone into the house to reduce water residue at dawn and dusk.
Make sure that any tops, lids, covers and inlet pipes are close fitting.
Fit a removable screen mesh to the outlet end of overflow pipes and to all water inlets.
Make sure any water collection containers have secure lids or screens.
Planting the following plants may also help as they act as natural repellents against mosquitoes:Citronella GrassCatmintRosemaryBasilLavenderScented Geraniums
Homemade Mosquito Trap
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tsp. of yeast
1 2-litre bottle
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the colour black.)
Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.
Community Arts Space Update
The Dumbleyung Art Space users encourage more local community members to come along and join in the craft activities. This space is able to be used by members of the public at their leisure. Facilities to leave your craft items, unfinished projects and come back at a time that suits you.
Located in the Absolon Street Shops this building can be utilised for school holiday activities, workshops and courses. If you have a common interest or would like to share your skill with other people, head on down to the art space and try it out. Sessions are held on Wednesday afternoons but if you cant make these sessions then you can organize a group to use it at a more suitable time.
Council Wrap Up
The October Meeting was very brief as the new Council was to start the following month. Some of the decisions made were:
- The Bain Estate Committee and Moulyinning Centenary Committee were disbanded as they had served the purpose for which they were set up. Each year the Bain Future Fund distribution will be decided on by Council.
- Calvin Shotter was appointed as a Fire Control Officer, allowing him to write permits for the Dumbleyung Townsite.
- Council decided to write to Main Roads to request safety improvements at the Bunge Receival Site on the Collie-Lake King Road.
Road Funding Insight
In 2015/16 it is $123,400 and the only stipulation is that it must be spent on roads.Regional Road Group GrantThe State Government gives funds to the Regional Road Group to give funds for the upgrade and maintenance of regional roads. The shire is part of the Wheatbelt South Regional Road Group. Each year the shire puts up projects to the group and funds are allocated depending on the projects presented. The funds provided must be matched by the shire, with the shire contribution to be at least one third of the total project cost and the roads selected can only be roads that are deemed to be regional roads. Regional roads are those that go through more than one shire and have been approved by the Regional Road Group as a regional road (eg: Fence Rd, Tincurrin Rd, Kukerin Nth and Sth Roads).
This year $329,999 will be received.Roads To RecoveryThe Federal Government provides Roads to Recovery funding which can be spent on any road for any purpose. The only stipulation that came with the funding is that shire’s must continue to provide the same amount of their own fund each year as they had before the program came in. This was so the funding would lead to an improvement in roads, not just a switch in funding sources. This year the government more than doubled the Roads to Recovery funding so the shire will be receiving $529,604.Financial Assistance GrantEach year the shire receives a Financial Assistance Grant from the Federal Government. This has two allocations, one for general functions and the other for roads.
Though the roads allocation is based on a local government road network, it is technically not tied to road funding so could be spent on any area of the shire. The downside is that this would affect the Roads to Recovery funding as it would affect the own source funding amount. This year the funding amount is worth $610,143, though 50% of this was paid at the end of the previous financial year.Blackspot FundingThere is Blackspot Funding available for dangerous areas of road. This funding is competitive and an audit is required before an application can be made.
The shire has been making applications over the past couple of years and will receive $66,733 which the shire must match with 1/3 of the total project costs.Municipal FundsThis is a fancy way of saying rates money which makes up the difference between total expenditure and the funding amount.