City of Karratha

City ramps up maintenance program post rain

22 Feb 2017

The City of Karratha has significantly increased its maintenance of public open spaces to address overgrowth and mosquito numbers following the recent heavy rains.

Slashing has commenced along roads, footpaths and drainage corridors across all towns as well as increased mowing at parks and ovals to get on top of the heavy growth.

The works will be supplemented by additional street and footpath sweeping to remove debris material.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the City was working hard to get on top of the heavy growth.

“It’s always nice to get a bit of rain but the extreme amounts we have received over the past few weeks has created a lot of overgrowth and a lot of additional work,” Cr Long said.

“We know there are areas that don’t look as good as usual but City staff, with the support of various local contractors are working through the suburbs to get it looking back up to scratch.”

“The softness of the ground has made it problematic to start slashing and mowing works earlier as running heavy machinery in these areas could have created additional damage.”

The City has also increased its mosquito management measures following the recent rainfall events.

Mosquito control officers have been busy baiting gullies and low lying areas prone to breeding and will also commence fogging to address the increased numbers.

“It’s much more successful preventing mosquitos breeding rather than trying to kill mature insects so we have been focused on ensuring all our larvicide bait stations are in place and working effectively.”

“On top of this the City will commence fogging measures this week targeting areas of high concentrated adult mosquito numbers.”

“The other thing that residents need to be aware of is that with the recent rains, there will be a lot of standing water on their properties in pot plants, car tyres and the like, which provide a prime breeding area for mosquitos.”

“While the City treats public areas, residents need to keep a check on their own properties and remove any potential for breeding on their property,” Cr Long added.

Council has applied for funding through the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) to repair damages caused by recent flooding, which is estimated to be up to $500,000. To date $58,000 has been invoiced towards these works.

"Events like this, which cause significant damage to local infrastructure, can result in large clean-up and repair bills that are often difficult for Council’s to burden on their own. The assistance provided through the WANDRRA funding is a welcome relief at a time when it’s most needed," Cr Long added.