Public & Environmental Health

What we do

Public Health is concerned with the protection and promotion of health and the prevention of illness, injury and disability within the community. Environmental health is a key component of public health and explores the impact of the built and natural environments on the physical, social and psychological well-being of people.

The primary legislative statutes administered by Council for the promotion of public health are the Public Health Act 1997;  the Food Act 2003; and the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994:

To find out more about specific activities:

Sharps 

Council offer a sharps disposal service and new disposal containers are also available from Council for a fee.

Smoke Free Areas

Smoke-free areas in Tasmania are established under the Public Health Act 1997.

Smoke free areas are important as they:

  • Protect people from exposure to second hand smoke
  • De-normalise smoking behaviour in public places, particularly for young people
  • Support people who have quit or are trying to quit smoking

You can find out more here

Waste Water 

An on-site wastewater management system receives and / or treats wastewater and sewerage and then disposes this into an approved disposal system or a re-use system. This page has information on:

  • Septic tanks
  • Aerated wastewater treatment systems
  • Waterless composting toilets
  • Hybrid systems

You can find out more here.

Other topics:

Alison Shea

Position Planning & Regulatory Services Coordinator
Contact Details Work: 03 64714700
Email: complianceadmin@westcoast.tas.gov.au