Planning, Rules & Payments
Environmental Health is the branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health. Council Environmental Health Officers implement environmental health policies and legislation through the monitoring and control of activities and strive to ensure a healthy, sustainable and improved environment in the Shire.
Council shares its environmental health services with Indigo Shire. The environmental health team is responsible for helping to prevent disease and minimising public health risks throughout the Shire. This includes food safety surveillance, domestic wastewater disposal, resolution of public health nuisance complaints and investigation of infectious disease outbreaks.
Areas of responsibility include:
- Food safety – Registering new food businesses or when existing food businesses change ownership; food safety programs and supervisor requirements; food safety for residents and also at events and festivals.
- Public Health and Wellbeing Act and Regulations – Public health premises, e.g. hairdressers, hotel and motel accommodation, caravan parks, etc.
- Environmental nuisance complaints – agricultural spray drift, waste water discharge, residential noise, scare guns, frost fans, etc.
- Health forms – Public health application forms with details of prescribed fees.
- Infectious disease control – Guidelines for swimming pools, residential and food business water tank supplies and monitoring of blue green algae and mosquitos.
- Tobacco Act Enforcement – Smoke-free dining, sale of tobacco, sales to minors, smoking in shopping centres, gaming and licensed venues and new tobacco laws.
- Septic tank system management – Installing new septic tank systems and investigating the operation of septic tank systems without permits.