Health and Immunisation

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.

Community Health Services

The Northern Midlands Municipality has a variety of community services available, including aged care, child health, special needs care, supported accommodation and counselling and support services.

Below is a summary and contacts:

Doctors, Medical Centres, Community Nursing Services
LocationFacilityAddressContacts
Campbell TownCampbell Town Surgery70 High Street Campbell Town, 7210Phone: (03) 6381 1133
Campbell Town Community NursingPhone: (03) 6381 3385
LongfordLongford Medical ServicesCnr Smith and George Streets Longford, 7301Phone: (03) 6391 1170
Longford Community Nursing - Home HelpPhone: (03) 6391 4201
PerthPerth Surgery180 Fairtlough Street, Perth, 7300
Evandale Doctor SurgeryPhone: (03) 6391 8855
Longford Community Health Centre

Please view our Longford Community Health Centre Brochure
8a Archer Street Longford
Phone: (03) 63914222

Oral Health Services Tasmania
ServiceAddressContact
Children's Dental Services8a Archer Street LongfordPhone: (03) 6391 4206
Northern Dental CareKelham Street LauncestonPhone: (03) 6336 4100
Child Health & Parenting Services
LocationFacilityContact
LongfordLongford Child Health8a Archer Street Phone: (03) 6391 4222
PerthPerth Child Health ClinicPhone: (03) 6398 2002
Parenting Line (24 hour)Phone: 1300 808 178
TLC Pregnancy & Infant Loss AustraliaPO Box 169 Longford TAS 7301 ph: 0419 544 110
Aged and Disability Care
LocationFacilityContacts
LongfordToosey (Managed by Uniting Aged Care Victoria and Tasmania)Phone: (03) 6391 1202 Visit website
PerthEskleigh (Aged and Disability Care)Phone: (03) 6398 2240 Visit website
PerthGlenrowan Village, Perth has one and two bedroom units.Visit website
Aged Care Assessment TeamPhone: (03) 6336 4144 Visit website
Department of Health and Ageing, Rural and Regional Health Australia, Australian GovernmentPhone: 1800 899 538  Visit website
Care-A-Car

The Longford Care-A-Car committee has very successfully over the last 27 years provided a community car for medical transport to local residents of Longford, Perth, Cressy and surrounding areas.

The car is operated on a donation basis, with volunteer drivers giving their valuable time to make the car available to as many residents as ever possible. 

This community service has been so successful that it has now two cars transporting approximately 100 people travelling some 4,500 kilometres per month.

If you have no other transport to medical treatment please do not hesitate to call the Longford Care-A-Car on 0419 565 911.

If you would like to become a volunteer driver and would like to assist the committee maintain the high standard of service to the community please call 0419 565 911.

Contact details: 

Address 
C/-PO Box 54 
LONGFORD TAS 7301

Mobile 0419 565 911

First Aid Services

St John provides first aid training, first aid services at events, and supplies first aid kits and equipment. For more information, please visit their website.

Red Cross provides a range of services from first aid training, blood service, transport and more. For more information please visit their website.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a volunteer based organisation delivering meals to people who, through sickness, age and/or a disability cannot reasonably get a meal for themselves. This service allows people to remain with dignity and independence in their own homes. 

For more information about Meals on Wheels in the Northern Midlands, please phone (03) 6391 1716.

Counselling, Mental Health, Addiction Recovery Services

Beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia. 

Rural people with depression face special challenges such as isolation and difficulty accessing services which is why we provide information especially targeted to people from rural and remote communities. 

For more information on depression call the Beyondblue info line on 1300 224 636 or Lifeline's Just ask on 1300 131 114, or visit their website website.

Missiondale Recovery Centre assists people to discover an addiction free lifestyle. For more information, please visit their website.

Useful Services Outside the Northern Midlands Region

Relationships Australia-Tasmania 
6-8 Paterson St, Launceston TAS 7250
Ph: (03) 6336 7000 

Alcoholics Anonymous 
PO Box 468, Launceston TAS 7250 
Ph: (03) 6334 7060 

Drug Education Network Inc 
34 Paterson St, Launceston TAS 7250
Ph: (03) 6336 7950

Road Trauma Support Team Tasmania Inc. 
LGH, Launceston TAS 7250 
Ph: 0427 487 251 

Sexual Assault Support Service (Laurel House) 
PO Box 1062, Launceston TAS 7250 
Ph: (03) 6334 2740

Air, Noise and Water
Air Quality

f 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

Food Premises Registration

Food may only be prepared and sold from premises approved for this purpose and registered with the Council.

Please find following information on how to register food premises (including temporary food premises).

Registration of a Food Business

Businesses selling food must be registered with Council. A business selling low risk food that is not considered potentially hazardous, must notify the Council by completing the following forms, but may not require registration. 

Application forms can be downloaded below or can be obtained from the Council at 13 Smith Street, Longford.

Food Business - Notification of a Food Business Form and Food Premises Application Form

A Council Environmental Health Officer will inspect the food business prior to issuing the registration.

Registration Fee for a Food Business

Council’s fee for food business registration is determined by classifying the business according to the risk that the type of food sold presents to public health and safety. There are three levels of risk, High, Medium and Low. Most food businesses are classified as Medium Risk.

Please click here view the current fees.

If you would like to discuss the registration of a food business and matters relating to the safe handling of food please contact a Northern Midlands Council Environmental Health Officer on (03) 63977303.

Detailed information relating to national food safety standards can be found at the following link.

Temporary Food Premises Including Sale of Food at Markets

The sale of food at established markets is subject to the requirements of the Food Act 2003 and the Food Safety Standards, including the requirement to be registered with the local authority (local Council).

Some of these requirements and conditions for sale of food are set out below for your convenience:

Sale of Foods That Are Not Potentially Hazardous - Not Prepared at the Market
This category includes foods such as confectionery, unfilled cakes, biscuits, loaves and similar foods that are not considered potentially hazardous. These foods may be sold from open stalls on the following conditions: 

  • all foods must be prepared in a premises approved by the council in which the premises is located, in accordance with safe food handling practices;
  • application must be made to Council for a Temporary Food Licence;
  • all foods must be prepared, packaged and labelled in accordance with the requirements of the Food Act 2003;
  • all foods must be a minimum of 500 mm above ground level and protected from direct sunlight.

Sale of Potentially Hazardous Foods Not Prepared at the Market
This category includes foods such as cream cakes, sandwiches, quiches, milk, cheese, meat products and any other foods that must be stored under controlled temperature conditions.

  • these foods may be sold on the same conditions as for non-perishable foods, provided that:
  • foods are kept in refrigerated storage at or below 5oC (eskies are not suitable for long term storage).
  • frozen food is kept in a frozen solid state until sold.

Foods intended to be consumed hot, are kept in a food heater (e.g. pie oven) at a temperature of not less than 60oC until sold.

Sale of Fruit and Vegetables
All fruit and vegetables must be protected from contamination and shall be kept not less than 500mm above ground level.

Sale of Food Prepared in Food Vans (mobile food vehicles) On-Site at the Market
These foods may be sold from registered mobile food businesses only, which must comply with the following conditions:

  1. The driving section of the vehicle shall be separated and effectively sealed from the section used for storing or preparing food.
  2. The section of the vehicle used for preparing food shall be designed so as to afford complete protection to all food from contamination such as dust and insects. 
  3. The floor, walls and ceiling shall be constructed internally of rigid, smooth-faced, impervious material with an unbroken surface, capable of being easily cleaned and kept in good repair.  The intersection of the floor and walls shall be impervious and coved at a radius of not less than 25mm.
  4. Food preparation benches, shelving, cupboards and the like shall be constructed of a rigid, smooth-faced, impervious material that is free from open joints and cracks and is suitable for the purpose.
  5. Cavities, false bottoms and similar hollow spaces capable of harbouring vermin, are not permitted to be formed in the construction of cupboards and other fixtures.
  6. Benches, shelving, cupboards and the like shall be supported on metal legs not less than 200mm high.
  7. The ends of hollow metal sections shall be sealed.
  8. Shelving and other projections are not permitted above food preparation benches.
  9. A sink shall be provided in the vehicle together with cold water and hot water for cleaning appliances & equipment.
  10. Where eating and drinking utensils and vessels are reused, a double bowl sink or approved dishwasher shall be installed.  (Hot water at a temperature of not less than 80oCelsius, shall be provided over one of the bowls).
  11. In addition, a hand washing basin supplied with warm running water (mixer tap) shall be installed in the vehicle.
  12. The waste water outlets from the sink and wash hand basin shall be fitted with sanitary traps.
  13. An approved tank shall be installed external to the vehicle for the receiving of waste water from the sink and wash hand basin and be vented in an approved manner.
  14. Walls and benches likely to be soiled or damaged by cooking fumes, grease and heat shall be protected by stainless steel sheeting or other approved material.
  15. Where cooking or extensive heating processes are carried out an approved mechanical ventilation system will be required to be installed.
  16. Sufficient facilities shall be provided to maintain perishable food at suitable temperatures.
  17. Artificial lighting shall be installed to provide a minimum lighting value of 300 lux to work surfaces.

Compliance With Above Conditions
Food vans and stalls that do not meet the required standard will not be allowed to operate from established markets.

Guidelines for Temporary Food Stalls

Registration of a Temporary Food Business Form

PLEASE NOTE: completed form and payment MUST be received by Council a minimum of 7 days before event to allow for processing. 

Please click here to download the application form for 
Registration of a Temporary Food Business

Registration of a Temporary Food Business Fee
Application for Registration as a User or Supplier of Water from a Private Water Source

If you provide untreated water to the public you must complete the following form.

Application for Registration as a User or Supplier of Water from a Private Water Source

Do you have questions?

If you have questions regarding your application, please contact an Environmental Health Officer at the Northern Midlands Council on (03) 6397 7303.

Immunisation

Council’s immunisation program is limited to school clinics only. Council does not provide immunisation clinics for the general public. Alternate options for immunisation include:

  • visit your GP/Family Doctor.
  • attend Launceston City Council’s public immunisation clinics. (Contact Launceston City Council for more details)

Council's school immunisation program provides the recommended vaccines for children in Grade 6 and Grade 10.

The National Immunisation Program Schedule can be viewed here.

Council currently has school immunisation records from 2008 to the current year. If you have any questions regarding your child’s immunisations please call Council on (03) 6397 7303 or by contacting the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register on Freecall 1800 653 809.

Place of Assembly Permits

The Public Health Act 1997 regulates the licensing, operation, use and management of places which are used as ‘places of assembly’.

A 'Place of Assembly' is:

  • any place or area used for the entertainment of members of the public;
  • any place or area used for the assembly of members of the public for social or recreational purposes; and,
  • any school or other place or area used for community or public purposes.

Examples of different types of places of assembly are:

  • Public swimming pools.
  • Public spa pools but not including spa pools in private rooms in paid accommodation.
  • Public Halls that are used for a public event.
  • Cinemas and theatres.
  • Nightclubs.
  • Mass gatherings of the public in outdoor areas which are being used for a public event.
  • Circuses.
  • Places of worship that are used for a public event, but not when being used for religious services or ceremonies.
  • Outdoor sporting facilities that are being used for a public event.
  • Gymnasia and indoor sporting facilities that are being used for a public event.
  • Schools or premises used for educational purposes that are being used for a public event.
  • Premises registered under the Food Act 2003 that are being used for a public event.
  • Unlicensed clubs which are the subject of a special permit authorizing the sale of liquor under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 and which are being used for a public event.
  • Premises which contain a temporary structure that is being used for a public event.
  • Outdoor markets which are not operated by a council.
  • Indoor markets where associated buildings are not usually licensed as a Place of Assembly.

Who needs a Place of Assembly Licence?

A person who wishes to:

  • Operate, use or manage a place as a Place of Assembly;
  • Conduct any entertainment at a Place of Assembly;
  • Lease or offer for lease a place as a Place of Assembly.

There are two types of licences:

  • General Purpose - This is issued for a 12 month period and is renewable each year.
  • Specific Event - This is issued for the duration of a public event at a venue which is not normally licensed as a Place of Assembly. (Please note that each event will require a separate licence).

Place of Assembly Licence Fees?

Please click here to view the current fees.

How do I obtain a Place of Assembly Licence?

Complete the application form and submit it to Council with the appropriate fee. Application forms can be downloaded or can be obtained from the Council at 13 Smith Street, Longford.

Please click on the following to download the a Place of Assembly Application Form and Application for Temporary Occupancy Permit.