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Council’s Environmental Health Officers work continuously to improve public health for the community.

Public Health Areas

Relevant information in this section of our web site is as follows:

Alcohol Free Zones
Fireworks Displays
Needle/Syringe Management
Smoking in Public Places

Information available in other sections of our web site are as follows:

Caravans on Private Property
Chemicals and Pesticides
Private Burials

For other areas of interest see Environmental Health or Operating a Business.

Public health is "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals." (1920, C.E.A. Winslow). It is concerned with threats to the overall health of a community based on population health analysis. (Wikipedia 2010) The United Nations World Health Organisation defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.

There are 2 distinct characteristics of public health; it deals with preventive rather than curative aspects of health and it deals with population-level, rather than individual-level health issues.

The NSW Public Health Act sets out the responsibilities for local government authorities to promote, protect and improve public health. Under the Act Council provides, supports or regulates within the areas of drinking water supply, swimming pools and spa pools, microbial control, vector-borne disease control, skin penetration, immunisation, disposal of bodies and assistance with the investigation of notifiable diseases. Under the provisions of NSW Food Act Council regulates retail food premises to ensure the supply of a safe and suitable food to the consumer.

The NSW Local Government Act also addresses public health matters by requiring councils to regulate within the areas of water and sewerage supply, on-site sewage management, stormwater management, and waste management. The Act also provides generally regulatory powers to councils to ensure minimal risk to the ongoing maintenance of an acceptable standard of public health prevails.

Further to the above Local Government is now being identified as the appropriate setting to support State and Federal initiatives to prevent current health problems in the area of chronic non-communicable disease that are major causes of morbidity and mortality. Such initiatives Council facilitates includes projects to increase physical activity, improve road safety, provide public shade structures, support aged and home care services, good urban planning, and effective social planning.

Further information can be obtained from the links in the sidebar or by contacting Council’s Environmental Health Services on (02) 6670 2400.
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