Every person has a general environmental duty to ensure that they take all reasonable and practicable measures to prevent or minimise environmental harm due to any activity that they undertake.
Environmental harm is any adverse impact on a quality or physical characteristic of the environment and includes an environmental nuisance.
Council's Environmental Health Officers are authorised under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 to:
- assess, monitor and register environmentally relevant activities (ERAs); and
- investigate environmental nuisance complaints that relate to air, water, noise, light, odour, or contamination
Environmentally relevant activities
An environmentally relevant activity is an activity that is required to be approved by either Council or State Government due to its potential to damage or pollute the environment (air, land, water and noise).
Council administers and regulates the following environmentally relevant activities:
|ERA4.1||Poultry farm 1,000 to 200,000 birds|
|ERA4.2||Poultry farm > 200,000 birds|
|ERA6a||Asphalt manufacturing <1,000 tonne/year|
|ERA6b||Asphalt manufacturing >1,000 tonne/year|
|ERA8.1.c||Storing 10m3 to 500m3 dangerous good - class 3 or C/12|
|ERA12.1.a1||Plastic manufacturing >50 tonne/year - plastic product |
|ERA12.1.b2||Plastic manufacturing >5 tonne/year - foam/composite/rigid |
|ERA17||Abrasive blasting |
|ERA18a||Boiler making >200 tonne <10,000 tonne/year |
|ERA18b||Boiler making >10,000 tonne/year |
|ERA19||Metal forming >10,000 tonne/year |
|ERA20.1.a1||Scrap metal yard <100 tonne/day|
|ERA20.1.a2||Scrap metal yard >100 tonne/day or >10,000 tonne/year |
|ERA20.1.b1||Metal recovery <100 tonne/day |
|ERA20.1.b2||Metal recovery >100 tonne/day or >10,000 tonne/year |
|ERA21||Motor vehicle workshop operation |
|ERA37a||Printing >200 tonne <1,000 tonne/year |
|ERA37b||Printing >1,000 tonne/year |
|ERA38.1.a1||Surface coating <100 tonne/year |
|ERA38.1.b2||Surface coating <100 tonne/year |
|ERA43||Concrete batching >200 tonne/year |
|ERA48.1.a||Wood and laminate manufacturing >100 tonne/year |
|ERA49||Boat maintenance or repair |
|ERA61||Waste incineration and thermal treatment |
If you would like more information, please contact Council's Environmental Health Officers on 1300 79 49 29.