MAYOR Tom Tate is assuring residents they are safe amid rising concerns about the safety of the chemicals used to spray mosquitoes across the Gold Coast.
Council is ‘fogging’ several suburbs around the northern Gold Coast at the moment due to a drastic increase in mosquitoes brought on by prolonged high tides and the wet weather.
Mayor Tom Tate has ensured residents that mosquito treatments being adopted by the City are approved under national standards.
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“I can say to the people of the Gold Coast that we have used the pesticides under Australian standards. There is no scientific proof that there is any harm to animals, cats and dogs or humans,” Cr Tate said.
“I know that people who live up in the northern area would want the spraying of mosquitoes to happen.”
A number of residents have raised concerns about the health safety of the mist used in spraying after Councillor Peter Young took to his Facebook page and ABC Radio on Wednesday morning to raise the issue.
“A lot of people have raised legitimate concerns about health impacts and form what I understand this is a chemical its going to have impacts. It’s designed to kill insects,” he said on ABC Radio Gold Coast.
“My warning to people, and its just mine, is take caution.”
“Take protective measures. this program will continue throughout the city in the coming weeks If people have got dogs and cats outside put them inside for the night.”
“You wouldn’t want to go walking through the fog and, in my opinion, you wouldn’t want your birds out in the aviary while that’s occurring,”
Mayor Tate said the Councillor’s comments were disappointing.
“Our hotline is going off for no reason whatsoever,” Mayor Tate said.
“I am disappointed a councillor has caused distress by publishing personal views about the process on his Facebook site,” he said.
“These comments can leave the impression that the processes we adopt may put people at some health risks. There is zero evidence to support that.
“The councillor later went on air to reiterate his personal views. These views are simply not supported by the national body.”
Mayor Tate said the facts are:
* The City’s fogging program is in line with APVMA (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority) guidelines, the national statutory body in this field.
* There are no direct health risks when the program is undertaken as per the guidelines
* Dogs, cats or birds are at not risk.
* Locations where mosquito fogging is being undertaken can be found at the City’s alerts page http://news.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/alert-section
Mayor Tate said Council’s Pest Management Team has significantly increased mosquito control activities over the last fortnight, particularly in the northern suburbs.
“While mosquito numbers are starting to decrease, areas in northern Gold Coast remain the worst affected,” he said.
“We will keep spraying until we see mosquito numbers return to an acceptable level.”