COUNCIL ROUNDS | Liverpool students connect to their future through a pilot career project, and mossie plan launched

Generic image. Pictures: Pixabay
Generic image. Pictures: Pixabay

Wendy Waller welcomes the NSW Government's announcement that South-West schools would be among the first to benefit from pilot projects to improve career pathways. "Students need access to high-quality advice and information to help them decide on future paths, whether vocational training or university.," she said.

Liverpool schools in the program include Ashcroft High, James Busby High, Liverpool Boys High, Liverpool Girls High, Miller High, Cecil Hills High and Hoxton Park High.

WENDY WALLER, Mayor of Liverpool

"The Educational Pathways Program has 10 different initiatives to help students pick school subjects that will help put them on the right career path. Liverpool schools in the program include Ashcroft High, James Busby High, Liverpool Boys High, Liverpool Girls High, Miller High, Cecil Hills High and Hoxton Park High.

"Earlier this year, Liverpool Boys High was named secondary school of the year for its innovative approach to education. The NSW Government is engaging with industry on some programs, including one involving a partnership with the Master Builders Association and another to create a specialist Careers Immersion Team to collaborate with local industry and employers.

"The council runs a series of Making the Connection events connecting high-school students with local employers across sectors such as health, construction and manufacturing. And we offer our annual Minecraft competition, where senior primary-school students have a chance to design the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, introducing them to the good-quality education and employment options on offer in our rapidly growing city."

Plan to control summer's mossies

The council is going on the front foot against mosquitoes by spraying breeding grounds with environmentally-friendly products in problem areas for the first time. It's part of a comprehensive mossie-control program being developed by the council with Dr Cameron Webb, Principal Hospital Scientist in Medical Entomology at NSW Health. Wendy Waller said: "The program aims to reduce mosquito populations in Liverpool and give residents information they need to protect themselves in warmer months."

The council's three-stage program involves mapping mosquito sites in Liverpool to target problem spots, spraying breeding grounds with environmentally-friendly products and a public education campaign about staying safe from mosquitoes.

"We've already identified the waterways around Hammondville as the area of highest priority for spraying, as it is a key breeding ground for a species of mosquito which can transmit Ross River fever, and will begin spraying when tide conditions are ideal."

The council launched a video this week about its mosquito-control program on Facebook, with an additional two educational videos providing tips on reducing mosquitoes around the home and minimising the risk of mosquito bites to come.

Flyers in English, Arabic, Vietnamese and Serbian will also soon be distributed to suburbs east of the Hume Highway, as they're close to the Georges River and its tributaries, where mosquitoes commonly breed.

"Mosquitoes are an unfortunate part of life during the warmer months in the Liverpool LGA, particularly in suburbs around the Georges River. The council is doing what it can but we need the community's help. Make sure items which hold water, such as pot plant saucers and buckets, are empty or covered up, and ensure rainwater tanks are screened and don't have gaps that allow mosquitoes to get in.

"A good insect repellent is your first line of defence against bites. I encourage residents to visit the council's Facebook page or website for further tips on how to protect themselves and their family from mosquitoes."

In addition to its own mosquito-control program, the council is engaging other agencies involved with the Georges River to develop a joint approach to mosquito control on an ongoing basis.