Public Health

Public, or environmental health is a large and diverse field.  The team regulates many types of businesses such as restaurants, tattooists, hairdressers, beauty parlours, cafés, wineries, caravan parks and accommodation facilities.  Other functions of Environmental Health include:

  • Immunisations
  • Environmental health education
  • Septic tank installations and alterations
  • Emergency management,
  • Statutory food sampling
  • Complaints
  • Infectious disease investigations

The team also works closely with many other agencies in providing its service including the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Department of Health (DH) as well as with Council’s Building and Planning teams.

For further information please contact Council's Environmental Health team on (03) 5722 0888 or email council@wangaratta.vic.gov.au.

Smokefree outdoor dining laws

Laws around smoking in public places are changing from 1 August 2017. Read more

Community Groups

Community groups often hold fundraising activities that involve the sale of food such as sausage sizzles, cake stalls and fetes. Read more

Food Safety

Keeping food safe is crucial for a food business to prevent food poisoning. To do this, all food businesses and community groups must comply with the Food Act 1984 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Read more

Pests

European Wasps Council recognises that the European Wasps have become a nuisance for many of our community members this year and wishes to advise that Council only has the resources to deal with the wasps, once a nest has been located. Council Read more

Transferring a Premise

Looking at selling or transferring a food or health premises such as a hairdresser, tattooist, cafe or prescribed accommodation? If so, you will need to contact Council to ensure requirements of the Food Safety Act are met and the Public Read more

Setting up a Premise

Looking at setting up a food or health premises such as a hairdresser, tattooist or cafe? If so, you will need to register your business with Council to ensure requirements of the Food Safety Act are met. You may also need to speak to Council's building or planning department to apply for any relevant permits. Read more

Installing a Septic Tank

When building a new home you may be required to install a septic tank if your property is not connected to the township's sewage service. Septic tanks have been used in un-sewered areas for many years as the most suitable form of primary treatment of sewage. Read more

Needle and Syringe Disposal

Council provides a free sharps service to the community for those who need to dispose of sharps such as syringes and needles. The sharps bins come in a variety of sizes to meet individual needs. Council provides a free sharps service to the community for those who need to dispose of sharps such as syringes and needles. The sharps bins come in a variety of sizes to meet individual needs. Read more

Immunisations

Council's Environmental Health team runs a monthly free immunisation session for all vaccines on the National Health & Medical Research Council schedule. The sessions are held in the Memorial Hall at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre in Ford Street, Wangaratta on the following Tuesdays from 9.30am - 10.30am. Read more

Heatwaves

Prolonged periods of extremely hot weather are known through International and Australian experiences, to be associated with marked, short-term increases in morbidity and mortality in vulnerable population groups. Read more

Participating in Food Stalls, Markets and Events

The requirements for selling food at markets, stalls and through mobile food vehicles have changed. Depending on your food operations your responsibilities may vary under the Food Act legislation. Read more