To protect and promote a high standard of public and environmental health within the Council area. Public and environmental health services form part of the Community & Development Services department which is one of the three service delivery areas of Council.
Activities and Responsibilities
Public and environmental health services is responsible for the administration of Council's responsibilities as required by various Acts and Regulations which deal with:
Public and environmental health
Food safety and hygiene
Environmental protection and pollution prevention.
Public and Environmental Issues
Public and environmental health covers a wide range of activities and conditions that can affect the health of the community. The responsibilities of the division are categorised into three main areas:
- Health premises inspections
- Public and environmental health investigations
- Vector control (headlice, flys, cockroaches, mosquitoes, mice and rats).
Food Safety and Hygiene
Food safety and hygiene covers a wide range of activities and responsibilities involved in the administration of the Food Act 2001, Regulations 2002 and Food Standards. The objectives of these activities are to ensure that food offered for sale is fit for human consumption. The main categories in the food surveillance areas are:
- Food premises inspection
- Enforcement of food legislation
- Food business notification advice
- Food education courses
- Food complaints investigations
- Temporary catering advice.
All food outlets are required to be registered under the Food Legislation.
For any further advice on these matters please contact Council's Environmental Health Officer.