Public and Environmental Health encompasses public health and the natural and built systems in which we live. The Manager Environmental Health Services can assist you with advice on a variety of public and environmental health issues such as food safety, infectious diseases, pest control, housing, waste disposal, insanitary conditions, hazardous substances, pollution, local natural systems, effluent reuse, and many other aspects within the Port Augusta area.
Council's environmental health program includes regular visits to various businesses and establishments to ensure that any risks to the community are managed in an acceptable manner. Council monitors public swimming and spa pools, cooling towers, food outlets, hairdressing and beauty salons and natural systems for vector and nuisance control.
As well as regular assessments of food premises, Council is involved in food recalls, investigation of food related complaints, food poisoning occurrences, provision of information and food premises notification requirements.
A food business, regardless of whether it is commercial or charitable, must notify Council of their existence. Also, any change of key personnel, address, telephone number, common or business name, or operating method, must be updated immediately. Notification or changes to an existing notification can be done on line at http://www.fbn.sa.gov.au/ OR by completing the attached form (below) and sending it direct to Council and to be received at Council PRIOR to trading.
The attached Food Business notification form (in pdf format) shall be used when food stalls are being operated throughout the Port Augusta district and forwarded to Council at least 48 hours before the event occurs.
Further details can be obtained from Council's Manager Environmental Health Services.
The responsibility to respond to pollution incidents is shared between the Environment Protection Authority and Council, including but not limited to:
The Environmental Protection Authority can assist with:
The Environmental Protection authority can be contacted on:
Phone (08) 8204 2004
Freecall Country on 1800 623 445
Fax (08) 8124 4670
You may also find information on: www.epa.sa.gov.au
Police can also assist with people noise eg parties, loud radios and stereos, revving cars by calling 131 444
General asbestos awareness and information: Asbestos Awareness website
Information from Safework SA on Asbestos - a business unit of the department for administrative and information services:
Asbestos and the Home Renovator(236 kb) -- a basic guide on what you need to know about asbestos
See also useful information and contacts at the end of the document.
Info on Asbestos available also from the Department of Health
This also has some useful contacts at the end of the document on where to go for certain issues and includes agency collaboration.
Asbestos in our built environment from Safewwork SA (incl. useful contacts):
Environmental Protection Authority can be contacted on
(08) 8204 2004
1800 623 455 (Country callers)
For help and/or enquiries related to asbestos and/or its dumping please also contact direct
Help and Early Intervention Centre
1300 365 255
whom may be able to assist with all your enquiries.
A needle disposal service is available for residents.
1.4 and 5 litre sharps containers can be purchased for a subsidised rate.
The above costs are half the actual purchase price which is met by Council in the interest of public safety.
The containers should be returned to the Civic Centre for disposal when full. There is no charge for disposal which is fully subsidised by Council.
It is important to note that all containers prior to receipt at Council should be clean and taped/sealed down otherwise they will not be accepted at the Civic Centre of Council.
Under the Regulations, Council requires an application to be certified by a technical expert (geotechnical engineer).
Accordingly, all applications must be certified by a geotechnical engineer that the design of the installation as shown on the plans, will comply with the requirements of the relevant Regulations and current Standards including but not limited to the specific Onsite Wastewater Code(s).
All plumbing work associated with the installation of a septic tank / aerobic tank and its disposal area must be undertaken by an appropriately qualified plumber.
Direct link to the on-site wastewater systems code (the code) including details of setbacks and requirements for new / amended septic applications:
This application is required when connecting a septic tank into Council's STEDS. This is additional to the standard septic application.
Requirements for backflushing your pool in an STED's effluent disposal scheme, or a sewered or unsewered area within the jurisdiction of the Port Augusta City Council.
Feral rats and mice are very adaptable public health pests. They are not fussy eaters and can make themselves at home in houses, sheds, garages and gardens. As well as causing unpleasant odours and damage to property and possessions, feral rodents can also pose a risk to human health.