Entomologist Clive Easton receiving the Ruth Readford Award for Lifetime Achievement from Professor Bruce Thom.
Entomologist Clive Easton receiving the Ruth Readford Award for Lifetime Achievement from Professor Bruce Thom. dce photography

Clive honoured for wetlands work

KEEPING Tweed's biting insects under control has been the bread and butter of his work for almost three decades.

He may be the man you can thank if you have not suffered from a vector-borne disease.

Tweed Shire Council entomologist Clive Easton was honoured at the NSW Coastal Management Awards on Thursday night for his decades of work with an award for lifetime achievement.

Mr Easton, who will retire in February, said the mosquitos were much thicker when he first started work in the Tweed.

"It's never been eradication. It's about making the wetlands a healthy place," he said.

"A lot of our control has been habitat-based control such as improving the water flow or the water quality."

Mr Easton said once that had been done, smaller fish would thrive on the mosquito larvae and keep numbers under control naturally.

"Mosquitoes can live two to three weeks as adults but their eggs may lay dormant for up to a year."

Tweed mayor Barry Longland said Mr Easton thoroughly deserved the honour.

"Clive's interests and achievements have extended well beyond the field of entomology, and he has dedicated countless hours to finding ways to improve management practices on the NSW coast," Cr Longland said.

"Tweed Shire Council and the broader Tweed community have been privileged to have had such an inquisitive, highly respected and dedicated officer working here for so many years."

The entomologist was modest in accepting his prize.

"It was a total surprise but I must say a lot of it has come to being at the right place at the right time and being given a free rein to work and having the monetary support from council.

"I've been able to do collaborative work with others in the field and given freedom."



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