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Environmental Health

Active involvement by local authorities in environmental and public health issues has achieved massive improvements in the quality of life and longevity of most Australians. However, new health hazards have emerged in recent years – for example bird flu, chemical sensitivity or noise exposure – that might have the potential to affect the health of residents.

The role of the Shire's Environmental Health Officers is to manage the public environmental health risks in the areas such as food safety, development control, disease control, pollution control and community living. Where acceptable standards are not maintained the officers assume an enforcement role.



The Shire of Irwin is seeking a suitably qualified Environmental Health consultant to proactively administer the delivery of the Shire’s Environmental Health services until 30 June 2017, with the potential to extend this period.

A copy of the brief for the Expression of Interest can be obtained by contacting the Shire on 9927 0000 during business hours, or by clicking here.

For any further information please contact Doug Fotheringham, Manager Regulatory Services on 9927 0000 or

Submissions close at 12 noon, Monday 12 December 2016

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Please note that roosters are not permitted within the town site as they can become an annoyance in higher density residential areas. However, up to 12 chickens can be kept on each property, as long as they don't create a nuisance to adjoining neighbours.

Water Sampling

The Shire's Environmental Health Officers can carry out water sampling on private properties. A fee that covers the expense of sampling and transport applies.


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