Environmental Health

Erosion and Sediment Control
 

The Shire has developed an erosion and sediment control policy.  When development occurs, procedures should be put in place to ensure that eroded material is not transported from the site during wind or rain storms. Methods to control erosion and sediment range from the provision of siltation fences and diversionary drains through to sediment detention basins and other drainage measures.  When considering undertaking activities that may loosen topsoil and thereby increase the likelihood of sediment pollution occurring, developers are required to implement proactive sediment control measures.  Failure to do so may lead to prosecution.

 

For more information, please contact the Building and Health Officer on telephone number (08) 9164 8300 ext 240 or Works and Services Manager on (08) 9164 8300 ext 230.


Health Promotion


Promotion of, and education in, sound public and environmental health principles and practice presents limitless opportunities for the Shire, mainly because of its closeness to the community and the locations of its buildings.

Activities may include:

  • display and distribution a range of informative pamphlets on a variety of health matters produced by the Department of Health and other agencies;

  • talks to schools and community groups on various environmental health topics; and
  • more formal training for special interest groups such as food handlers.
 

Litter
 

Littering (including disposal of cigarette butts in public places) is an offence under the provisions of Shire of Christmas Island Health Local Laws 2000. The Litter Act 1979 (WA)(CI) and Litter Regulations 1981 (WA)(CI) also apply on Christmas Island. ‘On the spot’ fines can and will be issued to offenders.


Pollution


Pollution occurs when unwanted contaminants enter the environment.  The Environment Protection Act (1986) (WA)(CI) and the Shire of Christmas Island Health Local Laws 2000 both contain criteria that make polluting, whether intentional or accidental unlawful.

 

Where a pollution event such as oil spills, air, noise and other pollution occurs in a Public Place the matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environment.  Complaints of this nature can be referred directly to the department or to the Shire for on referral to the Department. Pollution that occurs within private property may be addressed by the Shire or in the case of noise pollution, by the Australian Federal Police.

 

For further information contact the Building and Health Officer on telephone number (08) 9164 8300 ext 240 or email ron@shire.gov.cx.


Noise


Noise is one of the most persistent and annoying nuisances resulting from community living.  Control has not been delegated by Department of Regional Australia to the Shire under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA)(CI). Under current arrangements Noise complaints should be directed to the Department of the Environment on telephone number (08) 9841 0122 or to the Australian Federal Police on Christmas Island.
 

Burning of Rubbish


Burning of Rubbish without a permit is an offence under the provisions of Shire of Christmas Island Health Local Laws 2000. Permits will only be issued to burn rubbish when there is no other reasonable means of disposing of rubbish and where there will no be adverse impacts on adjoining properties.

 

Applications for Burning Permits should be made to the Shire Ranger on mobile number 0439 215 309 or Building and Health Officer on telephone number (08) 9164 8300 ext 240.