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Manicure Your Lawn or Tackle The Jungle In Your Yard To Win

Manicure Your Lawn or Tackle
The Jungle In Your Yard To Win

Release date: 21/11/2022

We are all looking for a break in the weather so we can bowl over that high-rise, mozzie-breeding, tall grass and weeds from our yards.
With all this water lying about, from recent rain and flooding, it’s not easy for any of us to get on top of our residential and roadside jungles, doubling as camouflage for other biting insects and spiders, as well as those other slithering creatures, displaced by the floods.
The fire season is not far away either. Fire prevention inspections commenced in Buloke, this week.

Win Free Green Waste For A Year

Buloke Shire Council knows that there’s some proud lawn producers out there, who regularly post their neatly manicured fescue to social media as a salute to the great Aussie backyard, and maybe for a bit of attention.However, with this unseasonal wet weather, the before and after photos are going to be that much more brilliant, this year.

Council would like to honour two of our citizens with a trophy for ‘Buloke’s Best Lawn’ and ‘Buloke’s Best Before and After Residential Yard’ in a photo competition, to be presented at Council’s Australia Day Celebrations in 2023.
The two winners will also receive a one-year-pass to their nearest landfill, providing for one cubic metre of green waste, to be delivered free-of-charge, each week.
Whether you are the sort that’s out there with the scissors keeping the green tufts flat like a deck, or you are going to make a last-minute dash to tidy up the place – everyone’s in with a chance.
We can’t think of a better way to work together as a community to reduce the influx of mozzies and beat the bite.

As soon as the sun peaks through the clouds - let’s get those mowers purring. One entry is permitted per household, however you can enter both categories:
• Best residential lawn; and
• Best before and after residential yard.

Council promotes inclusivity and access for all abilities, therefore entries will be accepted if the maintenance at the property is performed by a contractor.
For details terms and conditions on how to enter visit Council’s website, visit:, or contact Council before Friday December 9, for a copy of the application form to be posted out to you, to ensure you will be able to submit the application before the competition closes. Call Customer Service on 1300 520 520. The photo competition opens Friday 2 December, 2022 and closes at 5pm 16 December, 2022.

Green Waste Month Extended
Council has also extended ‘Free Green Waste Month’, held in October, until Christmas 2022. Green waste will be accepted free-of-charge at all shire landfill and transfer stations.

Beat The Bite
Keeping lawns trimmed back and removing or turning over items in your yard, such as wheelbarrows, and children’s toys which can collect water, also helps to reduce mozzie breeding areas, and to minimise risks to ourselves, friends, families, and to our pets.
Other tips to lessen mozzie breeding at your place includes: changing pet drinking bowls, bird baths and vase waters at least once a week, and more regularly in very warm weather; as well as putting sand around the base of pot plants.

The state-wide Beat the Bite campaign has some useful information how to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne disease:
• wear loose-fitting clothing when outdoors;
• use mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on exposed skin;
• try to limit outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are about (usually dusk and dawn);
• make sure there is no stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed around your home;
• on holidays make sure your accommodation is properly fitted with mosquito netting or screens; and
• don’t forget the children – it’s safer to spray or rub insect repellents on their clothes rather than directly onto their skin.
More helpful advice can be obtained from the better health website, visit:
Treating at the site
Council monitors and applies treatment to some mosquito breeding grounds, however with persistent rain events and flooding, the breeding area is far and wide across many parts of the Shire, and around our townships.
Council does not currently spray adult mosquitoes, however has been actively treating the larval stages where the mosquitoes can be managed through biological larvicides across known sites, and any other areas as staff identify on their route.
No spraying will be undertaken until an assessment of breeding grounds is completed. Until then, Council will continue to use a larvicide (in a solid state).
Whilst Council does not spray private residences or buildings or provide advice on chemical use, you can always check-in with your local chemical/agriculture supplier, or contact a licensed pest controller for advice.