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Public health risks impact on people’s health. Examples of public health risks include mosquitos, rats and mice, asbestos and water.

Asbestos was commonly used in building materials from 1940 until the end of the 1980s. Airborne asbestos fibres are a risk to health. For more information, visit the Asbestos page.

Onsite sewerage treatment is the storage, treatment and disposal of waste water on a property. Septic tanks, domestic sewerage treatment plants and activated sludge systems are examples of onsite sewerage treatment. These systems can impact public health and environment if they are poorly managed or sited in the wrong place. You may need an approval to operate an onsite treatment facility.

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

Council only has jurisdiction to act on certain public health risk issues, and shares the responsibility of public health risks with other government bodies. Please refer to the information below which outlines authorities for various public health risk types.
Asbestos
  • Asbestos at a business or commercial premises or a contractor conducting work - contact Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
  • Asbestos which is not at a workplace (homeowner carrying out works to own home) - contact Council.

Drinking water
  • Located on residential land and some commercial land - contact Council.

Lead based paint removal and cleaning
For other complaints about lead based paint, contact Queensland Health.

Mosquitos
  • Breeding (or potential for breeding) on Council land, residential land and some commercial land - Contact Council.

Rats and mice
  • Harbouring (or potential for harbouring) on Council land, residential land and some commercial land - Contact Council.

Waste
  • Accumulation or deposit on residential land and some commercial land - contact Council.

Wastewater
  • Wastewater and sewage on residential land and some commercial land (defective septic tank or onsite treatment facility, overflowing toilet) - contact Council.