Cape York Sustainable Futures Inc And More

Cape York Sustainable Futures Inc.

Cape York Sustainable Futures Inc. (CYSF) previously Cape York Peninsula Development Association Inc (CYPDA Inc) was formed in 1987 to provide an independent forum to promote the development of Cape York Peninsula, an area covering 137,000 sq. kms. in one of Australia’s most remote regions. Our group is apolitical, cross-sectional and considered a pioneer of community driven representation.

It provides an open forum for debate and is the only organisation in the Peninsula to which everyone can belong and where everyone can have their say, with members coming from a cross section of the community including Indigenous people, pastoralists, small business owners, tourism operators, agricultural, community organisations, conservationists and local government.

CYSF advocates for enhanced quality of life through the most appropriate means for Peninsula residents and lobbies governments to enable legislative change in order to achieve this goal for the Cape York community.

We focus on building a cohesive empowered community with a vibrant diverse economy, strong social infrastructure that will help create a wealthy community and one where effective management of the environment provides for now and the future generations.

Pond Apple Survey and Control

Pond apple has spread throughout the east coast of CYP and on to some of the islands located within Torres Strait. The group has undertaken several programs for the management of this weed within our defined area. A survey encompassing the entire east coast of the Cape was completed in June 2008. This survey was undertaken with an R44 helicopter and covered approximately 900 kilometres of coast line. This survey has given the group the ability to target strategic infestations along the coastline.

Roadside spraying program

Road side priority weeds

CYWAFAP implements an effective roadside spraying program, the roadside spraying program is great chance for our pest officers to look for new emerging weeds. A high number of pest plants are transferred through vehicle movements, please make sure you encourage everyone to use the wash down at Lakeland and or other designated wash down areas. Gamba grass, Sicklepod/

Wasp and Mosquito Control

Wasp control

Growing to about 15mm in length, Paper Wasps should not be confused with their more aggressive look-a-like, the European Wasp. Paper Wasps have orange antennae, not black, a more slender body and nest above ground.

Adult wasps are attracted to water and sugary substances produced by many flowering plants. Wasps are most prevalent in summer and many die in colder weather.

Termitrust offers wasp control and wasp removal solutions, depending on the type of problem you are experiencing.

To limit wasp problems and infestation you should:

  • Keep children and pets away from wasp nests
  • If wasps are prevalent, make sure drinks & other beverages are served in clear glass or cups as wasps often enter open cans and bottles, and can be very harmful if swallowed
  • Keep areas dry by eliminating standing water, fixing leaking taps, removing all sources of free water (particularly important in hot weather)
  • If possible, reduce the number of flowering plants in the garden, as many wasps are nectar-feeders and this will encourage them to go elsewhere for food

Mosquito control

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance because of biting, they are known disease carriers so mosquito control solutions can be most important for your family.

Mosquitoes lay eggs where they can find water in gutters, pools, puddles, wetlands and wherever water is present. The female needs to eat protein for her eggs to develop and, as we all know, human blood is a good source.

Termitrust will identify breeding sources and provide mosquito control and mosquito treatments as well as giving recommendations about future pest control.

To reduce mosquito numbers you should:

  • Screen windows, doors and water tanks Empty all containers that might collect water such as pot plant saucers, guttering, tins, tyres and other potential reservoirs
  • Use a repellent in the open environment, especially at dusk
  • Wear long sleeves if mosquitoes are present