Health & Environment

Environmental Health

Council's Environmental Health Officers are responsible for many aspects of community health including monitoring of food establishments, personal appearance services (hairdressers, beauty therapy, body piercing, tattooists), environmentally relevant activities, caravan parks and camping grounds, shared facility accommodation; environmental nuisances; litter control; and control of public health risks such as mosquitoes and vermin.

Phone Council on (07) 49929500 or visit Local Govt Toolbox for more information about Environmental Health Officers.

Environmental Nuisance or Pollution

Council is committed to maintaining the health of our environment and our quality of life. Environmental protection legislation aims to reduce interference with our normal daily activities or harm to the environment and enables Council Officers to address various nuisances, once a complaint has been made.

Nuisances may include:

On receipt of a bona fide complaint, Council will investigate the matter.  For further information about how to make a complaint, refer to "Making a Complaint" below.

What Noise Limits Apply?

Section 440 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 prohibits noise to be made outside the following hours:

For further information on any of these nuisances contact Council's Environmental Services Section on (07) 4992 9500.

Flying Foxes

Flying fox roost management can be a difficult and contentious issue which involves close collaboration and communication with the Department of Environment and Science (DES). 

If a flying fox colony is causing concern, Council's ability to assist can be limited by many factors including location, species, colony numbers and breeding cycles.

Council has endorsed a Statement of Management Intent for Flying Foxes which articulates the approach that Banana Shire Council will take to the management of flying-fox roosts in Banana Shire. Council has also adopted a Flying Fox Management Plan.

Some important points to consider if you are affected by flying foxes are:  

  • Do not attempt to handle a flying fox as they can carry serious diseases.  If a sick or injured animal is found, call 1300 ANIMAL.  If a dead animal is found, use a shovel to scoop the animal into a bag and place carefully in your bin.
  • Warn children to never touch flying foxes and report any scratches.  
  • If you believe you have been scratched or bitten, seek immediate medical assistance. 
  • Avoid disturbing a colony as this can exacerbate issues of noise, smell and mess, can increase health risks and may only result in the problem moving to an even more unsuitable location.
  • Heavy penalties may be imposed for interference, harrassment of dispersal without a permit.


Watch these videos to gain valuable insight on how critical flying foxes are to the health of the Australian bushland that supports our native animals including the koala and kangaroo.

More information on flying foxes, including health concerns, is provided on the following websites:

Department of Environment and Science - Flying Foxes

Queensland Health - Bats and Human Health

Overgrown Land or Accumulated Materials

Landowners need to maintain their properties to prevent reptile harbourage and protect visual amenity. 

If you believe that a yard is overgrown or contains objects or materials that may harbour reptiles or cause a visual nuisance, you may report this to Council.

Where land is found to be overgrown, a letter is sent to the owner requesting the problem be rectified within 21days. Where no action is taken, a second notice requiring the problem to be rectified in 21 days is sent. Failure to comply with the second notice will result in Council issuing an enter & clear notice, giving 14 days. At the end of this timeframe, if the work has still not been completed, Council will enter and carry out the required work.

Where the land is owned by the State, Council does not have the power to enter but will still ask for the cooperation of the relevant Government Department.

Although footpaths are Council property, it is expected that the adjoining property owner mow grass on the footpath as it would be impractical for Council to maintain all the Shire's footpaths.

Abandoned Vehicles

If a vehicle has been abandoned on a roadway, Council can remove and impound the vehicle or require the owner to remove the vehicle.  

To report an abandoned vehicle, contact Council on (07) 4992 9500.

Public Health Risks

Council's Environmental Health Officers can address certain Public Health Risks, including —

  • Mosquitoes
  • Rats and Mice
  • Stagnant or ponding waste water
  • Pesticide, herbicide or chemical release from non-workplaces
  • Asbestos located at non-workplaces

as well as other matters relating to public health and safety, including:

Sharps Disposal

Shire residents who are required to use needles for medical reasons can obtain sharps disposal containers from Council free of charge and return the full containers to Council.

This service can be accessed at the following locations:

  • Banana Shire Council Chambers, Valentine Plains Road, Biloela
  • Banana Shire Council Office, Gillespie Street, Moura
  • Banana Shire Council Office, Yaldwyn Street, Taroom
  • Wowan Dululu Multi-purpose Centre, Wowan
  • Baralaba Medical Clinic, Stopford Street, Baralaba
  • Theodore Medical Centre, Hamilton Street, Theodore

Sharps disposal containers are also provided in public toilets in the following locations:

  • Tom Dawson Park, Biloela
  • Bicentennial Park, Biloela
  • Rugby League grounds, Biloela
  • Melton Park, Biloela
  • Lions Park, Biloela
  • Kariboe Street, Biloela
  • Lions Park, Moura

Making a Complaint

Have you advised your Neighbour?

Making a minor complaint about a neighbour to a State or Local Government Agency can often do more harm than good. A little tolerance goes a long way so if possible, please discuss your concerns with your neighbour first. On most occasions your neighbour will not realise that they are causing a nuisance and will be happy to address the issue.

The Queensland Government Ways to approach your neighbour website offers helpful advice on how to discuss your concerns with your neighbour and what steps may be taken if an agreement is unable to be reached.

Registering a Complaint with Council

With all the goodwill in the world, it is acknowledged that there are times when assistance from a third party is necessary.

To register a complaint, complete a complaint form, or you can contact Council in the following ways :

  • In person at a Council office
  • by telephone
  • by email or
  • by facsimile

Dispute Resolution

When all else fails, you can contact the
Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal
GPO Box 1639, Brisbane Q 4001
Phone: 1300 753 228 Fax: 07 3221 9156
Website: www.qcat.qld.gov.au/

QCAT is a Government provided free mediation and facilitation service, which deals with workplace, family, neighbourhood, commercial, organisational, environmental and multi-party disputes.

Mosquito Control

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Council monitors and controls mosquitoes, which not only cause a nuisance but can also spread diseases such as Ross River Virus, Barmah Forest Virus, Dengue Fever and dog heartworm.

Controlling Mosquitoes Around the Home

Please assist in the control of mosquitoes by taking these steps at home:

  • Inspect your house and yard and remove any accumulations of water;
  • Empty pot plant bases weekly or fills the base with sand to absorb water;
  • Bromeliads and other water-holding plants should be washed out weekly;
  • Clean roof gutters out regularly and trims back trees that can block gutters;
  • Ensure rainwater tanks are screened;
  • Keep swimming pools maintained;
  • Birdbaths, fishponds and ornamental pools should be washed out weekly and where possible stock with suitable native fish;
  • Stock dams with native fish and keep the edges clear of vegetation.

Remember—no water no mosquitoes:  A single female can lay up to 200 eggs at a time. Between 10% to 90% of these eggs develop into mature mosquitoes. A flower pot base can support 150 larva or wrigglers!!

Protect Yourself:

We cannot eradicate mosquitoes completely, but we can take precautions to protect ourselves from being bitten.

  • Screen all windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes coming inside;
  • Mosquitoes are most active at dawn, around late afternoon and just after dusk. If you are outside at these times wear protective clothing, such as a pair of loose-fitting pants and a loose-fitting shirt, and use insect repellent;
  • If you live in an unscreened house or are camping, sleep under a mosquito net;
  • When mosquitoes are present, spray the rooms, particularly behind furniture and other dark places. After securing screens and closing doors, leave the room closed for half an hour before ventilating;
  • Air conditioning, fans and mosquito coils are also effective in protecting you from mosquitoes.

What Council is Doing

Council has adopted a Mosquito and Black Fly Management Plan to assist in the effective management of mosquitoes within the Shire.  

Part of Council's management program to control mosquitoes is the use of larvicide in ponded water.  Larvicide is an insect growth regulator specifically targeting mosquito larvae, and is not harmful to people or wildlife.

Fogging or misting of adults is only considered by Council for mosquito treatment when there is a significant public health risk evident.  Fogging or misting uses a synthetic pyrethroid specifically registered for the control of mosquitoes in the community.  Misting equipment is used early morning or late afternoon, is noisy and may produce a visible mist.  The product used is not harmful to people but is toxic to bees and other invertebrates including butterflies.  It is also dangerous to fish and aquatic vertebrates.   Fogging or misting will only eradicate adult mosquitos in the vicinity of the chemical at the time of application.  

Residents have a responsibility to prevent mosquito breeding around their home, and Council will investigate complaints received in relation to concerns over mosquito breeding.  

For more information about mosquito control, please contact Council on (07) 49929500 or visit the Queensland Health website.  Visit Local Government Toolbox to find out more about public health risks.