Environmental Health

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Maranoa Regional Council are committed to maintaining environmental health throughout our region by working with the community to minimise adverse environmental and public health impacts.  ​

Queensland environmental protection laws were introduced to provide a balance between the protection of our quality of life, environment and ability to conduct activities which may have the potential to cause nuisance to those around us.

On this page you will find information, factsheets and useful links on common environmental issues and how to report or reduce harm to our environment.

Note: some of the links below lead to Queensland Government websites and LG Toolbox, providing standardised local government information relating to certain services.

Air pollution (such as dust, odour and smoke)

The State Government Environmental Protection Act 1994 includes guidelines for general nuisance emissions which apply to emissions such as spray drift, odour, dust and light. Council will enforce these controls if nuisance emission problems occur. For further information refer to:

Air Pollution Factsheet

Backyard Burning Factsheet 

LG Toolbox Website.​

Noise pollution (such as power tools, air conditioner and pool pumps)

The state government Environmental Protection Act 1994 includes guidelines for general noise emissions for residential, commercial and industrial premises. Council will enforce these controls if nuisance emission problems occur. For further information refer to:

Noise Factsheet

Permitted Noise Levels Factsheet

LG Toolbox Website​.

Noise Regulated by Other Regulatory Bodies

Music, loud stereos, parties, rowdy behaviour and burglar alarms please contact Queensland Police Service (QPS) via Policelink or call 13 14 44.

All noise issues involving premises with a liquor licence please contact the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation on 

13 QGOV (13 74 68).

State government properties or activities that are regulated by the state government please contact Queensland Government on

13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Off-road noisy vehicles and trail bikes please contact Queensland Police on 13 14 44.

On-road noisy vehicles and trail bikes please contact Department of Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.

Water Pollution (such as a fish kill, oil spill or release of contaminants)

Preventing or reducing water pollution protects our water quality and is essential to maintaining the health of our environment and our own quality of life. For further information refer to the LG Toolbox Website

Asbestos

Asbestos is a type of building material used in the building industry between the 1940s and 1980s. Incorrect handling of this material is a public health risk that can potentially harm your health, and the health of others around you. Only a licence contractor can remove or break products containing asbestos. For further information refer to the LG Toolbox Website.

Asbestos Health Risks Fact Sheet

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are an important part of our natural environment and are a food source for many native animals however they are also a carrier of a number of diseases. Whilst we cannot remove them from our environment, we can implement safeguards to both ourselves and the environment. For further information refer to LG Toolbox​ and Queensland Health websites.​

Waste Management (such as illegal dumping, littering)

Maranoa Regional Council was awarded Queensland's Tidiest Town ​in 2015 and takes littering and illegal dumping seriously. Council officers are dedicated to ensuring our streets, community areas, waterways and natural areas are waste free. ​

Illegal dumping is the unlawful deposit of any type of waste material. Illegal dumping of household waste, building and commercial waste, garden waste or other materials such as tyres damages the Maranoa's natural areas.

For further information refer to the LG Toolbox Website.

How to report any of the abovementioned environmental nuisance issues:

Contact Council's Environmental Health Team on 1300 007 662 and lodge a customer complaint.

 To report littering, including the incorrect disposal of cigarette butts visit Keep Queensland Beautiful website​ to report a litterer.

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