The Shire of Collie focuses on ensuring current legislative requirements are met satisfactorily to prevent adverse health impacts on our community.
Measures to prevent adverse health impacts are wide ranging and include the following areas:
ensuring that food that is sold or distributed is safe for human consumption
Click on the underlined words to access the I’M ALERT Food safety online training if you are preparing food for public consumption. Please print and retain your certificate of completion.
preventing or reducing the spread of infectious diseases
ensuring that solid and liquid wastes (including sewage effluent) are appropriately managed
Transfer Station – undertaking audits of the Shire landfill to ensure compliance with Department of Environment Regulation Licence conditions, and managing the upgrade of a septage facility that handles septic and grease trap waste.
Effluent Disposal – The Shire of Collie is responsible for the approval and post construction inspection of on-site sewage and effluent disposal systems. Aerobic Treatment Units (ATUs) are required to be serviced and service records are to be provided to the Shire of Collie. The Shire conducts random audits to ensure ATUs are being serviced correctly. To apply for installation of an effluent disposal system click here.
Water Quality– ensuring all water used for drinking, food production and recreation is safe. The Shire provides water quality testing for premises that rely on rainwater for drinking water supplies on a cost recovery basis. Please call the Shire’s Health Officer to arrange for sampling.
Public Buildings and Accommodation
ensuring that buildings and areas accessed by the public are maintained and operated to protect the health and safety of users and occupiers
Public Buildings – are inspected for compliance with the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992 and a Certificate of Compliance is issued that is required to be on display within the building.
Vector and pest control
monitoring and controlling (or organising control measures) as necessary vectors of disease and other pests.
Department of Agriculture and Food – The Shire assists the DAFWA as a collection agency for samples and distribution of collection devices.
Air quality and noise
working with relevant State Government agencies to ensure legislative standards are met.
Noise Complaints – The Environmental Protection Act 1986 and Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997 deal with noise. Commercial and industrial noise complaints may be reported to the Shire’s Health Officer for investigation. Parties and domestic disturbances should be reported to local police in the first instance.
Roosters – The keeping of roosters in populated areas (within townsite boundaries) is not allowed and may be reported to the Shire’s Health Officer or reported to the Shire Rangers for after hours inquiries.
Air Quality Testing – is monitored by the Department of Environment Regulation or by private industry under licensing requirements. The Shire can assist in determining the requirements and responsibilities for air quality and testing.
ensuring that public health is adequately addressed in emergency response planning.
Activity in each of these areas is described in the Shire’s Environmental Health Strategy, a copy of which, along with the Shire of Collie Local Law No. 8 – Health appears in the related documents panel.
The Local Law has regulations (often complimenting existing legislation) covering a wide range of matters, including:
- building design;
- waste management;
- keeping of animals including poultry;
- control of pests including disease vectors such as mosquitoes and rats;
- infectious diseases; and
- offensive trades.
The Shire of Collie Local Law No 8 – Health is administered with regard to current levels of risk to public health and in response to complaints. The Local Law is proposed to be reviewed when the Public Health Bill becomes an Act.