Environmental Health


The Town of East Fremantle recognises that good health is the cornerstone of a happy and connected community and is committed to creating an environment where it is easy for people to lead safe, happy and healthy lives.

Local government is widely recognised as the tier of government closest to the community in supporting and influencing the health and wellbeing outcomes.

From a community perspective, the health and wellbeing of the population contributes to social interaction and the vitality of the community. For example, it enables participation in sports, volunteering, arts, culture and other activities that bring the community together. By contrast, poor health and wellbeing reduces this participation and brings with it the high costs of medical care and other community services.

The range of health and wellbeing services delivered by the Town help to establish many of the necessary conditions upon which good health and wellbeing is dependant. Whether it is waste collection, urban planning, road maintenance, local government health; the functions performed by the Town either directly or indirectly have a significant bearing on the health and wellbeing of the community.

The Town of East Fremantle is proudly supported by South Metropolitan Health Service, Health Promotion

Public Health Plan

In 2018, the Town of East Fremantle adopted its inaugural Public Health Plan.

Our vision

To protect, promote and enhance the health, wellbeing and quality of life of our community.

Our mission

The Town aims to enhance the health, wellbeing and quality of life for the community through:

  • Assessing, reviewing and responding to current and future public health and wellbeing needs, issues and emerging trends, based on best practice, sustainability and evidence based decision making processes.
  • Developing collaborative partnerships with internal and external key stakeholders.
  • Integrating public health and wellbeing into existing services and programs.
  • Facilitating the vision for a healthy and sustainable community through greater community participation and development on health issues.
  • Aligning with and providing strategic links and relationships with local, state and national strategic plans and policies that impact on health and wellbeing.

 Public Health Plan 2018 – 2022

The Town has adopted a Public Health Plan 2018-2022 to guide the Town’s vision for a healthier community and meet its legislative obligations under the WA Public Health Act 2016. This plan provides an integrated to health and wellbeing that is intended to ‘value-add’ to the Town’s core functions rather than duplicate existing plans and strategies across the organisation.

 The Plan identifies the health and wellbeing needs of the community and comprises of a series of actions divided into three key areas:

  • Healthy People And Community:
    • To guide and encourage our community to lead healthier lifestyles through the provision of lifestyle and educational opportunities.
  • Healthy Places And Spaces;
    • To provide healthy places and spaces to encourage and support healthy lifestyle opportunities.
  • Healthy Partnerships:
    • To develop collaborative partnerships with community, business, government, non-government and key stakeholders to improve health and wellbeing.

Town of East Fremantle Public Health Plan 2018-2022 

 3.2.1 Healthy Eating Policy 

Environmental Health Services

The Town of East Fremantle's Environmental Health Services cover a range of Environmental Health Services and advice and assistance on a number of other issues.

Contact Environmental Health Services by phone: 9339 9339 or email: admin@eastfremantle.wa.gov.au

Environmental Health Services include:

  • Asbestos, Chemicals and Poisons Disposal 
  • Food Safety
  • Infectious Disease Control and Investigations
  • Lodging Houses
  • Noise Control
  • Pest Control
  • Pollution Control
  • Public Buildings
  • Safe Water and Public Swimming Pools
  • Substandard Dwellings
  • Urban Environment

For your information the following environmental health advice is provided:

Is the water in your rainwater tank safe to drink?

Termites and your home

Food safety

Hats and food handlers 



Legionella and garden soils

Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code

Other matters that Health Services may assist you with include:

  • Food condemnations;
  • General health complaints;
  • Hairdressing establishments;
  • Head lice control;
  • Health promotion;
  • Keeping of poultry and animals;
  • Lodging houses;
  • Skin penetration establishments; and
  • Unfit Houses. 

Asbestos, Chemicals and Poisons Disposal

For details please contact Council on 9339 9339, Henderson Waste Recovery Park, Rockingham Road Henderson on 9410 2632, and/or the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, phone 9316 3988.

For more information on Asbestos disposal download these PDF Documents:

Household Hazardous Waste 

Asbestos Awareness 

 Air Conditioners 

The location of the air conditioner is an important factor in ensuring neighbours are not adversely affected by noise. Air conditioners should be located as far away as possible from neighbours bedrooms and outdoor recreation areas. When purchasing a new air conditioner quieter models should be selected over noisier units. 

Noise from air conditioners can disturb neighbours. The noise can disrupt sleep, interfere with normal daily activities and can have significant impacts on people’s health.

A guide for estimating potential noise levels from air conditioners is available below:

An Installers Guide to Air Conditioner Noise

Food Safety

Food Handling Premises

The Town's Principal Environmental Health Officer carries out regular inspections of Food shops, cafes and restaurants in East Fremantle. She also obtains food samples to ensure compliance with both chemical and bacteriological standards as laid down by the Australian Food Standards Code 1992/Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) guidelines. Complaints relating to food handling or food products are investigated by Council's Principal Environmental Health Officer.


The Principal Environmental Health Officer promotes the FoodSafe and FoodSafe Plus Food Handler Training Programs. For more information on this basic food handler training package please contact the Principal Environmental Health Officer on 9339 9315.

Food Premises

Any person considering the development or purchase of a Food Business should contact Council's Principal Environmental Health Officer prior to making an offer to purchase or entering into a lease agreement. New Food Businesses must comply with the Building Code, the Food Act 2008 and Standard 3.2.3 food Premises and Equipment found in Chapter 3 of the Australia New Zealand food Standards Code.

Please contact the Town on 9339 9339 to discuss food registration notification requirements with the Principal Environmental Health Officer.

FoodSafe Online

The Town of East Fremantle has now subscribed to FoodSafe Online to enable food handlers working in the Town to access the FoodSafe Course for free. Food handlers are required to undertake the course and download the Certificate once successfully completed.  

 It is a requirement under the Food Act 2008 that all food handlers have the skills and knowledge to safely handle food.  Completion of FoodSafe Online will demonstrate compliance with the Food Act 2008 requirement.

The Town takes this opportunity to remind all food handlers that you are required to have access to and knowledge of the Food Act 2008, Food Regulations 2009 and the Food Safety Standards contained in Chapter 3 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

 The Act and Regulations and Code and Food Safety Standards are available below:

Western Australian Legislation 

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

How to access FoodSafe Online:

Food Safe Online 

  • Instructions on how to proceed are listed, please follow all prompts.
  • On the payment details page, use the unique discount voucher “FSEFREO364” and it will apply the $35 discount. Residents will need to complete the transaction and follow the downloadable instructions to register and start the course. A printable certificate is available for residents, once they have successfully completed the course. 

Infectious Diseases Control and Investigations

The Western Australia Health Act requires that all notifiable diseases are reported to the Health Department of Western Australia. The Department in turn notifies the Town. In each case an Environmental Health Officer contacts the patient for interview and endeavours to establish the source to prevent further infections. Any enquiries relating to infectious diseases control and prevention should be directed to Council's Principal Environmental Health Officer. 

Noise Control

The Environmental Protection Act (as amended) outlines that:

"A person(s) who on any premises uses or causes or allows to be used any equipment in such a way as to cause or allow it to emit, or otherwise emits or causes or allows to be emitted, unreasonable noise from those premises commits an offence."

Unreasonable noise can be caused by amplified music, musical instruments, parties, animals, equipment, and so on.

The Town's Environmental Health Services are unable to deal with the following:

  • Traffic Noise
  • Barking Dogs (contact the Town of East Fremantle on 9339 9339
  • Anti Social Behaviour/Noisy Parties. Please contact the Police Service at Fremantle or Palmyra should you experience late night party noise and antisocial behaviour.
  • AS2436-1981 "Guide to Noise Control on Construction, Maintenance and Demolition Sites". The equipment used for the construction work must be the quietest reasonably available. In addition, construction work and delivery of equipment/building materials is not to commence before 7am, or carry on after 7pm on Mondays to Saturdays. It is recommended that construction work not commence before 8am on Saturdays. No construction work is allowed on Sundays or Public Holidays, unless written approval is granted by the Town's Chief Executive Officer or Department of Environmental Protection.

The Environmental Protection Act 1986 (as amended) provides for the issuing of a Noise Abatement Direction which may be delivered on the spot. A breach of a direction may lead to a penalty

3.2.2 Noise Attenuation Policy 

Pest Control

Council can be contacted for advice on pest control and the safe use of pesticides, in particular in relation to rats, mice, flies, mosquitoes and european wasp.  For more detailed information on pesticides and pest control, please contact the Pesticide Safety Section of the Health Department of WA, phone: 9383 4244.


To report a bee hive or swarm in a public area please contact the following:

Bee swarms are a relatively common occurrence in September, October and November in Western Australia but can be found at other times of the year too. Swarming is a response to lack of space in the hive and typically happens as spring nectar flows start and hive numbers need to expand.  A decision is made by the hive to take the Queen and her workers to a new, spacious home where they can maximise the nectar on offer.

When bees swarm they are most unlikely to sting, so despite their appearance, people should not fear them, just treat them with respect. When a cluster of bees is seen hanging on a tree branch or similar, they are NOT thinking of setting up home there! They are in transition, clustered around their Queen and waiting for the scout bees to find new accommodation.

This is the best time to remove them - before they make a permanent home somewhere inconvenient and become a feral hive. There are many beekeepers who are available to remove the cluster of bees at this stage - below are Swarmcatchers in the area:

 Daniel Bremer  0411 808 383  Metro South  A bee friendly licensed pest control man
Soren Houlberg  
0432 265 922
 Metro South / Rockingham / Kwinana / Mandurah / Secret Harbour / Port Kennedy / Casuarina / Byford / Mundijong / Wandi / Beeliar / Cockburn

  Public Liability insurance, ABN

 Myles Kelly  0417 927 202  Lynwood / Ferndale / Willeton / Canning Vale / Leeming / Shelley / Gosnells / Southern River / Cannington and south of the river  
Kim Newbold 0418 939 259 Perth Metro and South to Mandurah Cutouts and difficult removals will be quoted
John Rogers  0457 230 191   

City of Vic Park / Gosnells / Canning / Melville / Cockburn / Belmont / Fremantle

 Free Advice for Bee problems - just send me a photo first.

Experienced, reliable, insured. Swarm collection $80+

For an extensive list of Swarmcatchers, please click here for the link to the Western Australian Apiarist’s Society. 

Rat and Mice Control

Rats are endemic in the Fremantle and metropolitan area and could pose a health risk to the community. Our proximity to the Port and our lifestyle makes east Fremantle attractive to rodents.

We recommend that everyone in the community bait their homes at least twice a year to help control the problem. Council also provides limited quantities of rat bait "ReadiRac" to residents free of charge.

Baits may be placed beside walls, in ceiling cavities, in dark safe places such as behind stoves and refrigerators and in sheds. Ensure baits are out of reach of children and domestic pets.

Other precautions householders should take to prevent rats inhabiting areas around the family home include:

  • Remove rotten and dried fruit and nuts from trees or vines at the end of the season.
  • Clean up food scraps around poultry yards and rubbish bins.
  • Maintain rubbish and compost containers ensuring they do not have any holes.
  • Do not allow junk and garden refuse to accumulate in your yard and sheds.
  • Keep pet food dishes clean.

Occupiers and owners of premises are reminded that they are equally responsible for vermin control on their properties and should minimise conditions that could harbour rodents. 

European Wasp 

Pollution Control

Council's Principal Environmental Health Officer can provide advice and complaint resolution services relating to noise, air, and water pollution.  Regular water sampling is undertaken at the Mooring Pens near the Dome Cafe and at John Tonkin Park to monitor the bacteriological quality of the Swan River. 

Public Buildings

Environmental Health Officers are responsible for the approval and periodic assessment of all new public buildings in conjunction with relevant agencies. Public buildings are assessed on their type of use, maximum number of persons permitted to occupy, and safety. 

Safe Public Pools

Council’s Principal Environmental Health Officer tests all public pools within the Town on a regular basis to ensure they are safe to use. 

Safe Needle and Syringe Disposal

Safe Disposal

Authorities recommend the following method of disposal of discarded syringes and needles:

  • Keep calm but remain careful;
  • Get a rigid plastic container;
  • Pick up the used needle and syringe by the blunt end, away from the point;
  • Put needle and syringe, point first, into the container;
  • Seal container tightly, secure lid;
  • Contact Councils Principal Environmental Health Officer or ranger for the needle to be collected;
  • Needles are then disposed of by industrial incineration; and
  • Do not put the needle into the green or yellow bin.

Illicit Drug Contamination

Properties used for making or smoking illicit drugs, such as methamphetamine (meth, ice), or growing cannabis may be a contamination health risk to current and future occupants. The risk depends on the type of activity at the property.

Premises of concern include:

  • clandestine drug laboratories (clan lab): a house or area used to manufacture or ‘cook’ illicit drugs, especially meth
  • meth or illicit drug smoke house: a house used to smoke these drugs, but not manufacture them
  • grow house: a property used to grow an illegal crop of cannabis (marijuana) for sale

The Department of Health Illegal Drug Activity in Homes: Managing Risk provides an overview on how to deal with these issues, particularly for owners or agents. Detailed guidance on the three contaminating activities and remediation processes are provided below. They all also include guidance on selecting qualified service providers.

For issue-specific advice on aspects of this issue, click on the appropriate link below.

Clandestine Drug Labs 

Illicit Drug and Meth Smoke Houses 

Cannabis Grow Houses

Remediation of Illicit Drug Contamination

Food Poisoning Prevention

Now that the warm weather is here, the importance of food safety is paramount. Many "high risk" foods are typically consumed during this time - for example seafood, meat, fish, chicken, rice and milk products.

Food poisoning affects approximately 11,500 people per day, costing Australia $2.6 million per year. 60% of food poisoning cases are a result of food not being kept out of the danger zone, and 20% are caused by cross-contamination. Most food poisoning cases can be traced back to the residential kitchen.

The Danger Zone is the temperature range at which bacteria have their optimum growth rate. This is between 5° C and 60° C, and all perishable items should be stored out of this range to increase their shelf life, and avoid the growth of potentially harmful microorganisms. Bacterial numbers can double in the danger zone every twenty minutes. Correct hand washing is one of the easiest and most effective ways of protecting food from bacterial contamination and preventing food poisoning.

  • Always wash hands before handling food, and between handling raw and cooked foods.
  • Ensure all high risk foods are kept out of the "Danger Zone" - that is cold foods are to be kept below 5° C and hot foods to be stored above 60° C.
  • Keep high risk foods properly stored and covered to avoid cross contamination.
  • Check the operational temperature of your refrigerator - and remember the more you overload your refrigerator the greater stress you put on it - it may need to be adjusted to a cooler temperature.
  • Keep high risk/perishable items stored at the rear of refrigerator where temperatures are cooler. Note: your refrigerator has "hot" spots - the crisper area may be as high as 13° C.
  • When dining out look for the FoodSafe sticker; these premises have undertaken a food handler training program.
  • When picnicking/barbecuing, ensure meats are kept in a cooler box until needed, with sufficient icebricks to maintain a cold temperature.
  • Do not transfer cooked meats on to surfaces raw meat has been in contact with.
  • Chopping boards, tea towels and wash cloths harbour bacteria and must be disinfected regularly. Boards should be soaked in a hot bleach solution, and plastic or glass types are highly recommended. Cloths can also be microwaved for 1-2 minutes and then boiled. Paper towels should be used to clean up floor spills rather than using cloths.