Public Health

Mosquitoes can have a large impact on our outdoor lifestyle when the wet season is around and on the health of the region's community due to their nuisance capabilities and the potential to transmit mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue Fever, Ross River Virus and more.

The Cloncurry Shire Council aims to gain community awareness and participation and by implementing effective mosquito control measures.

Mosquito Control

Things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your home:

  • Use a repellent containing DEET if you are outside
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and trousers, light colours are best
  • Check around the home for any containers holding water and empty
  • Check items such as BBQ covers which maybe holding water
  • Small amounts of water can breed large numbers of mosquitoes under the right conditions
  • Spray screens with residual products
  • Increase light and air movement around dark and damp areas
  • Outdoor areas can be treated with products containing BiFenthrin for control over longer periods.
  • Limit time outside around dawn and dusk

Lice in Chinaman Creek Dam

Council wishes to advise residents of the presence of lice in Chinaman Creek Dam.

People swimming in, or recreating at, Chinaman Creek Dam who come into contact with lice may experience tingling, burning or itching of the skin.

Council has notified Environmental Health Officers from Queensland Health. Council has investigated options to treat the lice, but has deemed there to be no course of action to remove the lice. Council has no way of knowing how long lice may be present for.

Therefore, Council recommends avoiding swimming or wading in heavily weeded areas to reduce the likelihood of contact with lice. Council also recommends thoroughly towel drying immediately after leaving the water.

The presence of lice in Chinaman Creek Dam has no impact on the quality of the town water supply.