Public Health

A Public Health Risk can be anything that is, or is likely to be hazardous to human health, or that contributes to, or is likely to contribute to disease in humans or the transmission of an infectious condition to humans.

Council only has jurisdiction to act on certain public health risk issues described under the Public Health Act 2005, and shares the responsibility of public health risks with other Government bodies.  Examples of a Local Government Public Health Risk include rats, mice, mosquitoes and asbestos.  Please refer to the below informatino on what you can do to reduce public health risks and requirements of the Act. 

Should you have a problem, always attempt to discuss the issue directly with the person responsible for the nuisance in order to try to achieve a solution.  Give them an appropriate time frame to do something about it.  If the situation hasn't changed after some time, it may be necessary to contact the appropriate authority. 

Asbestos

If you believe a homeowner, occupant or owner-builder is unsafely handling, removing or transporting asbestos material or a person has illegally dumped asbestos waste, please contact Council on 1300 883 699. 

If you believe a business or contractor is unsafely handling, removing or transporting asbestos material please phone the Queensland Department of Justice and the Attorney-General (Workplace Health and Safety Queensland) on
1300 369 915. 

Further information can be found on the following websites:

Household Pests

Rats and Mice 

Bundaberg Regional Council offers advice on how to control rat or mouse problems on private property.  Control methods including poison baits and traps can be used to stop a rat or mice infestation.  Make sure you pest proof your house and that pests aren't attracted to your property via a food supply.

Rats and Mice Fact sheet

What to do if you observe rodents in your home? 

Before reporting a rodent sighting to Council, find out if the animal you have seen is a native mammal which includes rats by visiting the Australian Museum's website»If the pest is coming from your property make sure you reduce the risk by following the below tips. 

If you believe your property is harbouring rats or mice, or you are still experiencing difficulty in reducing the pests on your property, phone Council on 1300 883 699.  An Officer may investigate the site and provide further specific advice. 

How to rodent proof your home

To make sure rats and mice are not attracted to your garden: 

  •  Cover compost heaps with garden lime and only compost the correct material.  See our Sustainability website» for further information
  • Do not leave pet food out for longer than 20 minutes
  • Keep chicken coops and bird avaries clean
  • Store pet food in vermin proof containers
  • Don't feed wildlife or other native animals
  • Pick up fallen nuts from your trees
  • Keep the grass short and the yard tidy around your house
  • Check retaining and rock walls are not harbouring rodents
  • Trim trees away from rooflines to limit rodent access
  • Allow natural predators to keep rodent numbers down

Inside the house rodents are drawn to food.  Make sure you: 

  • Store food and leftovers in sealed containers
  • Keep your cupboard doors closed
  • Use weather strips on external doors to seal gaps
  • Repair and breakage in wall linings and roof cavities immediately
  • Place metal gauze over external building pipes to limit access to your home

Poison baits and traps

Once you have rodent proofed your property you can consider using poison baits and traps, which can be purchased from a hardware store, ensuring you undertake the following:

  • Place the baits and traps in areas where rodents have been seen
  • To bait a trap, use a piece of apple, a pumpkin seed or a piece of fat from some meat.  Tie the bait on with a piece of wire to make it hard for the rodent to remove without setting off the trap
  • Make sure you follow the safety instructions on the packet.  Ensure baits and traps are kept out of reach of children or pets
  • You can also purchase lockable stations and humane traps from some retail outlets. These traps are safer for children and pets than poison baits.

Mosquitoes and Biting Midges - please visit our mosquito webpage» for further information

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs were once a common public health pest worldwide, however declined in incidence through the mid 20th Century.  Recently this trend has begun to reverse and bed bugs have undergone a dramatic resurgence.  For example, in Australia there has been an increase in the number of bed bug infestations of around 5,000% since the year 1999! The Department of Entomology, ICPMR, has been at the forefront of documenting this phenomena and providing information on the ecology and control of this important public health pest.  For further information a fact sheet is available here»

Mould

Visit the Queensland Health website» for further information

Rainwater Tanks

Visit the Queensland Health website» for further information 

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