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

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.

Who to contact
Mosquitoes
Fact Sheets and Resources
Legislation, Standards and Guidelines

Who to Contact

Asbestos
• Occurring at a workplace (eg. contractor) - Contact your local office of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
• Occurring at a non-workplace (eg. homeowner carrying out works to own home) - Contact us.

Drinking water
• Located on residential land and some commercial land - Contact us.

Lead based paint
• Occurring at a workplace (eg. contractor) - Contact your local office of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
• Occurring at a non-workplace (eg. homeowner carrying out works to own home) - Contact your local office of Queensland Health

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

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

Waste
• Accumulation or deposit on residential land and some commercial land - Contact us.

Water
• Waste water and sewage on residential land and some commercial land (eg. defective septic tank, overflowing toilet) - Contact us

Fact Sheets and Resources

Water and sanitation related diseases Fact Sheet
Workplace health and safety (asbestos) publications and information
Rainwater tanks - a guide to keeping your tank safe
Asbestos- cleaning and/ or removing asbestos containing materials
Use of playgrounds and sporting fields during the flood recovery

Legislation, Standards and Guidelines

Guidelines for the collection, care and control of rainwater in tanks
Australian drinking water guidelines
Code of practice for the safe removal of asbestos