City of Darwin provides mosquito infestation control measures and annual maintenance to all drains necessary to minimise potential for mosquito breeding and liaise with Department of Health in coordinating effective maintenance and improvement works to drainage systems.
In 2016/2017 the Department of Health (DoH) continues to identify areas requiring action to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.
The annual program was established in 1983, and aims at protecting the community from mosquito-borne diseases by maintaining and upgrading Darwin storm water outlets.
Planned works may include:
- vegetation and silt removal
- concreting and upgrading of open unlined drains
- filling or draining of depressions demonstrated to breed mosquitoes
- weed control
Prior to the program, mosquitoes made life uncomfortable for Darwin residents. This was partially due to storm water and dry season run off from Darwin urban areas into nearby swamps, resulting in weed growth and prolonged and exacerbated mosquito breeding. Under the program, storm water drains were established in the Leanyer, Coconut Groove and Casuarina swamps, and regularly maintained. These works are subject to a weekly adult mosquito monitoring program carried out by DoH.
This financial year, the program plan is to continue to target problem areas in the northern Darwin suburbs, East Point, Fannie Bay and the Gardens, with minor works to be carried out in other Darwin urban areas.
For more information please contact Council's Manager Climate Change and Environment 89 300 530