Prestige Aquariums & Pets in Goodna being cleaned out by volunteers yesterday.
Prestige Aquariums & Pets in Goodna being cleaned out by volunteers yesterday. David Nielsen

Mayor delivers health warning

AS IPSWICH City Council’s flood recovery team works toward restoring essential services to the city, Mayor Paul Pisasale has urged residents to be aware of health issues during the clean-up.

The Mayor has asked those involved in the recovery to put waste on the footpath for collection or use skips which will be delivered to affected suburbs.

Cr Pisasale said the skips would be serviced on an ongoing basis over the coming days.

“If there is an empty skip and waste nearby, you can assist by placing the waste in the skip,” he said.

“We are asking that you don’t place oil, gas cylinders or other dangerous items, including asbestos sheeting in your wheelie bin or the skips.

“Place them in a separate pile on the footpath and contact council for a pick-up.

“Please be patient and understand we are under extreme high demand at the moment, but all rubbish will be removed.”

Residents should contact council if bins were lost in the flood or if they have large items, including whitegoods, which cannot fitin bins.

Any dead animals should also be reported to council.

Residents are also warned about a likely increase in mosquito breeding due to floods.

A health help line is available on 13 43 25 84 and residents can also call council on 3810 6666 or visit the Queensland Health homepage at www.health.qld.gov.au.

People should adhere to the following tips:

Wash walls with soap and water.

Remove all wet and damp fittings such as carpets and furniture.

Remove hollow doors.

Increase airflow under your building if possible.

Remove mould when dry with bleach.

Throw out wet and damp children’s toys – teddy bears, anything absorbent.

Bleach concentrations:

Household bleach (4% conc) – 125ml or 125g / 1000 litres

Liquid swimming pool chlorine (12.5% conc) – 40ml or 40g / 1000 litres

Granular swimming pool chlorine (70% conc) – 7ml or 7g / 1000 litres



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