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Inspection Program of Rainwater Tanks in Goomeri

Gympie Regional Council has approved by resolution (M08/02/2018) a systematic inspection program of rainwater tanks in Goomeri township.

The resolution authorises officers from Gympie Regional Council and Queensland Health to enter properties in Goomeri township for the purpose of inspecting rainwater tanks for mosquito breeding and compliance with Section 2P of the Public Health Regulation 2005.

Rainwater tanks are required to have mosquito-proof screens and flap valves to prevent entry
of mosquitoes through the openings.

Goomeri remains the only town in the Gympie region identified as having a population of Aedes aegypti mosquito (a known vector for Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and Zika virus).

Rainwater tanks provide an ideal habitat for container breeding mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti.

Council’s objective is to reduce the breeding habitat and limit the spread of this designated pest throughout the Gympie Regional Council area. Council officers also intend to test water from damaged or unscreened rainwater tanks for presence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

A 300mL tank water sample will be collected by Council’s Authorised Officers and submitted for DNA analysis.

Where non-compliances with the Public Health Regulation 2005 are detected, Gympie Regional Council intends to work with the occupier/property owner and afford them the opportunity to achieve compliance.

The program will commence on Tuesday 3 April 2018 and continue for a period of three (3) months with first inspections commencing on Tuesday 17 April 2018.

A copy of the resolution is freely available for inspection on the Council website at www.gympie.qld.gov.au and at Council’s public offices.

A hard copy of the extract from the minutes may also be purchased at Council’s standard rate of $0.40 per A4 (black and white) copy.