As part of our mosquito management we undertake aerial treatments in wetlands around the Bellarine Peninsula.
Aerial treatments occur in wetland breeding sites, they do not occur over townships. Geelong’s major wetland mosquito breeding areas are in Lake Connewarre, Swan Bay, Reedy Lake and Breamlea wetlands.
An approval from the Commonwealth Government (EPBC 2005/2132) permits aerial treatments (helicopter) for mosquito larvae in RAMSAR protected wetlands on the Bellarine Peninsula between 15 August and 15 March each year. This protects endangered birds that migrate to the wetlands in winter months from disturbances from the helicopter.
Helicopter treatments have occurred since 2005.
Products used in our aerial treatments are in solid form (not a liquid spray) and are dropped from a helicopter flying a low height over wetland areas that can't be reached on foot.
The areas shaded in pink/red on the maps represent mosquito breeding sites.
We also do ground based monitoring and treatment in breeding sites in township areas.
Ocean Grove, Wallington and Barwon Heads
The major mosquito breeding sites that affect these townships are in the Lake Connewarre wetlands.
Ocean Grove: around Pacey’s Island off the end of Thacker Street and Wallington Road around Saltwater Ridge off Lings Road and Wallington Road
Wallington: in Lake Connewarre off Lings Road and Wallington Road
Barwon Heads: around Lake Murtnagurt off Thirteenth Beach Road, behind the Barwon Heads Golf Course, the Barwon Heads Levy bank, parts of Lake Connewarre off Staceys Road
Leopold and Armstrong Creek
The mosquito breeding sites that affect these townships are the Lake Connewarre and Reedy Lake wetlands.
Leopold: around Reedy Lake off the end of Fitzgerald Road and O’Halloran Road
Armstrong Creek: in Lake Connewarre wetlands
Breamlea wetlands are the major mosquito breeding sites that affect this area.
Breamlea: the wetland off Breamlea Road and Blackgate Road around Thompson Creek
Collendina, Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff
The major mosquito breeding sites that affect these townships are the Collendina and Swan Bay wetlands.
Collendina: in the Collendina wetlands off Shell Road near the Collendina airstrip
Point Lonsdale: in the Swan bay wetlands off Fellows Road and Swan Bay Road, and small areas around Lake Victoria
Queenscliff: in the Swan Bay wetlands off Swan Bay Road and Murray Road near Burnt Point
Swan Bay and St Leonards
The major mosquito breeding sites that affect these townships are the Swan Bay wetlands.
Swan Bay: around the perimeter of Swan Bay wetlands, near off Swan Bay Road Swan Bay Jetty and Knights Road
St Leonards: in the Swan Bay wetlands around Edwards Point, near Cliff Street and Bluff Road
Point Henry and Moolap
The major mosquito breeding sites that affect these areas are the Point Henry foreshore wetlands and the Reedy Lake wetlands.
Point Henry: off the Point Henry Foreshore at the end of Windmill Road
Moolap: around Reedy Lake off Moolap Station Road and Whitehorse Road