Public Health

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What is a public health risk?

Council has jurisdiction to act on certain public health risk issues described under the Public Health Act 2005 (the Act), and shares the responsibility of public health risks with other Government bodies.

In accordance with the Act, 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.

Examples of Local Government public health risks include rats, mice, mosquitoes and asbestos.

Should you have a problem, it is recommended that attempts be made 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.

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