Northern NSW councils and communities are Tackling Mosquitoes Together

Northern NSW councils and communities are Tackling Mosquitoes Together
Northern Rivers councils and the North Coast Public Health Unit have launched Tackling Mosquitoes Together, a pilot behaviour change program to reduce the disease risks and nuisance of mosquitoes in homes and local communities.

Tackling Mosquitoes Together invites residents to join a free SMS program for helpful tips and reminders to protect themselves, family and community from mosquitoes.

The program encourages households to take action by reducing backyard mosquito breeding habitats, and through personal protection.

Text messages will be sent based on seasonal and weather factors, including tides and rainfall.

The text messages also include videos, images and common mozzie myth busters.

The most common mosquito-borne diseases in the Northern Rivers are Ross River Virus and Barmah Forrest Virus. They are not fatal, but they can cause serious illness and have long-term health impacts. 429 cases of Ross River Virus were reported within the Northern NSW Local Health District in 2020. That is the second highest number of cases on record, up from an average of 135 cases a year over the last 30 years.

The impacts of climate change and severe wet weather events are increasing the risks of mosquito-borne disease.

A recent mosquito project in Tweed Shire also showed low community awareness of mosquito-borne disease, and a need for community education and action.

Cases of Ross River virus disease are most commonly reported in late Summer and early Autumn, so it’s important for the community to know what they can do to, and to start taking action.

Tackling Mosquitoes Together has been co-designed with community, councils and other key stakeholders, through a collaborative design process, so that it receives community support and uptake for ongoing behaviour change.

Tackling Mosquitoes Together was proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Local Government NSW.

If we all do our bit in our own backyard, we can make a difference and help protect the community.

Visit www.tacklingmosquitoestogether.com.au to register and to find out more.


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