Northern Midlands

Air, Noise and Water

Council Environmental Health Officers can assist with matters relating to public health, including food premises registration, place of assembly, air and water quality, noise, skin penetration, disease control and immunisation.

Air Quality

If you are concerned about local air pollution from back yard burning please contact the Council on (03) 6397 7303.

The following are brochures produced by the EPA Division of Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and provide detailed information.

Regulations on Backyard Burning
Regulations of Wood Heater Emissions
Environmental Regulations for the Manufacture, Importation and Sale of Wood Heaters
For all other air quality matters including specific air pollution problems please follow this link to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) website.

Water Quality

Council monitors recreational water quality at popular locations during the summer months from December to March and posts warning signs at those locations if the water quality is not suitable for recreational activity.
 
Tas Water is responsible for the quality of reticulated drinking water. They may be contacted on 136992.

Rain Water Tanks

For information on the use of rainwater tanks please refer to the document “Guidance On The Use Of Rainwater Tanks”, which is available via an internet search or by accessing the following link; Rain Water Tanks

Noise


The management of noise from domestic premises relates to a large number of potential noise sources. The majority of noise-generating equipment and appliances are addressed in the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Miscellaneous Noise) Regulations 2004. The provisions in these regulations focus on common sources of noise and their potential to impact on residential dwellers. The regulations restrict the level of sound emission from various items, impose minimum separation distances from houses to chainsaws and recreational vehicles and restrict the hours of operation of certain equipment on residential properties.

In general, there is a desire to recognize the need for activities that may cause noise, but which should be restricted so as not to cause unreasonable disturbance to other peoples enjoyment of the environment. Essentially, the noise from normal domestic activities carried out at reasonable times is highly likely to be considered as reasonable. This includes routine house maintenance, lawn mowing and other potentially noisy activities such as car and building alarms, and off-road vehicles.
Heat pumps have become a popular way to heat homes in Tasmania. Unfortunately, heat pumps emit noise of varying degrees which can impact on neighbors – particularly at night. The noise requirements for these devices are stipulated in the regulations.

The Regulations include the following permissible times for using various types of machinery on residential premises, including residential construction sites:

Lawnmowers and other power garden maintenance equipment –
Monday to Friday: 7am to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 8pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am to 8pm

Chainsaws (Note: May be used for domestic garden maintenance on only one day in any 7 consecutive days)
Monday to Friday: 7am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am to 6pm

Musical instruments and sound amplifying equipment
Monday to Thursday: 7am to 10pm
Friday: 7am to midnight
Saturday: 9am to midnight
Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am to 10pm

Motor vehicles, motor vessels & outboard motors
(Unless moving in and out of premises)

Monday to Friday: 7am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am to 6pm

Portable apparatus
(eg power and percussion tools, compressors, pumps, generators and cement mixers)

Monday to Friday: 7am to 6pm
Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am to 6pm

Mobile machinery, forklift trucks and industrial motor vehicles
(eg tractors, graders, rollers & cranes)

Monday to Friday: 7am to 6pm
Saturday: 8am to 6pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 10am to 6pm

For specific information about noise regulations please view the EPA website on Domestic Noise.

Air, Smoke and Odour Complaints

Abattoir – Odours
Contact the EPA Division’s Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@environment.tas.gov.au for complaints regarding nuisance odours from Abattoirs.

Although some smaller abattoirs are regulated by Local Council, not the EPA.

Backyard Burning
Contact Council on 6397 7303 (and/or Police Tasmania after hours) for complaints regarding nuisance smoke from backyard burns.

Food processing plants– Odours
Contact the EPA Division’s Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@environment.tas.gov.au for complaints regarding nuisance odours from food processing plants.

Forestry associated burns
Contact the EPA Division’s Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@environment.tas.gov.au.

The EPA has implemented a number of measures to assist planned burners to improve smoke management. Information about the management of smoke from planned burns is available here.

Industrial premises – heavy
(e.g. cement works, foundries, rendering plants, metallurgical works, mines, smelters large sawmills and quarries, tanneries)

Contact the EPA Division’s Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@environment.tas.gov.au for complaints or notifications regarding smoke or odours from industrial premises.

Industrial premises - light
(e.g. motor garages and bodyworks, small sawmills and quarries, businesses)

Contact the council for complaints or notifications regarding smoke or odours from smaller industrial premises or businesses.

Motor vehicles
Contact the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (phone 1300 135 513) for complaints regarding nuisance smoke from vehicles operating on public roads.

Planned burns – forestry, or other
Contact the EPA Division’s Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@environment.tas.gov.au.

Trains
Contact TasRail (phone 1300 827 724) for complaints relating to train-related pollution.

Tyre burning
If the fire is posing a threat to life, property or there is a risk of wildfire, call Emergency Services on 000.

Otherwise, Contact the EPA Division’s Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171

Tyres are controlled wastes. Burning tyres is prohibited under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Waste Management) Regulations 2010 and has serious health and air quality impacts. There are penalties associated with the illegal use, storage and burning of tyres.

Waste disposal sites
Contact the EPA Division’s Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@environment.tas.gov.au for complaints or notifications regarding smoke or odours from waste disposal sites.

Waste transfer stations
Contact the Council for complaints or notifications regarding smoke or odours from waste transfer stations.

Wastewater treatment plants
Contact the EPA Division’s Incident Response Hotline 1800 005 171, or email to incidentresponse@environment.tas.gov.au for complaints or notifications regarding odours from wastewater treatment plants.

The EPA must also be notified of any environmental harm or nuisance issues from wastewater treatment plants. This includes sewage spills, or odour, which might interfere with a person’s enjoyment of the environment.

Note that for nuisance complaints regarding pump stations, sewage reticulation, or smaller "on-site" sewage systems contact the Environmental Health Officer at the Council.

Woodheaters
Contact Council for complaints regarding nuisance smoke from wood heaters or other domestic burners.

For further information
Incident Response Officer
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 1800 005 171
Email: incidentresponse@environment.tas.gov.au​

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