Environmental Health Environmental Health

Council is committed to helping you build and operate a better, fully compliant business. To reduce the compliance burden and cost of compliance for business, Goondiwindi Regional Council (through the Department of State Development) has standardised information and requirements relating to the following permits, licences, approvals and registrations:

  • Environmentally Relevant Activities
  • Food Premises - Fixed & Mobile
  • Caravan Parks
  • Advertising Signs
  • Personal Appearance Services (e.g. tattooist, body piercing, hairdressing beauty therapy)

Application forms for licences can be obtained here or by visiting the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS).

For further information


Goondiwindi:  (07) 4671 7400
Inglewood: (07) 4652 0200
Texas: (07) 4653 2600




Preventing Illness from Water and Food in Flood Events Preventing Illness from Water and Food in Flood Events

Council will advise if tap water is unsafe to drink, use for cooking, cleaning or bathing.

If the water is unsafe, use bottled, boiled or chlorinated water. Boil water for at least 1 minute. To chlorinate water, add 3/4 tbsp (4ml) non scented chlorine bleach to a bucket of water (10L). Stir and let it stand for 30 minutes.

For infants use only pre-prepared canned baby food. Make up powdered formulas with bottled or boiled water.

Clean children's toys that have come in contact with flood waters with chlorinated water (1.5 cup bleach to 10L bucket water).

An above ground rainwater tank that has not been inundated with floodwaters or damaged should be safe to use.


Keep children and pets away from flood waters.

Wading or playing in floodwaters is risky and may cause drowning and potential skin infection through open wounds or ingestion.

A number of infectious diseases, including gastrointestinal infections and Hepatitis A can be spread through contact with flood waters.

Flooding may cause sewage to back flow inside your home.

Block your closet pan and foul water outlets with sand bags to prevent backflow into your home.

Keep children and pets away until those areas have been cleaned and disinfected.

Food may be contaminated from flood waters or spoiled due to power failure.


Never use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash your hands, wash and prepare food or make baby formula.

Wash your hands with soap and boiled or disinfected water.

Always wash hands with soap and safe water:

  • Before preparing or eating food
  • After toilet use
  • After participating in flood cleanup activities
  • After handling articles contaminated with floodwater or sewage.


Floodwaters can affect food directly or through power failures. Throw away:

  • Food coming in direct contact with floodwater.
  • Any food with unusual odour or colour.
  • Perishable food left above 5 degrees temperature for over 4 hours.
  • Open, bulging or damaged can food.


If you or any family members feel unwell, seek medical advice from your local doctor.

For further advice on any Public Health / Environmental Health matters, please contact Council's Environmental Health Team on (07) 4671 7400.

You may obtain advice by visiting the Queensland Health website - www.health.qld.gov.au.

John Duffield
Environmental Health Officer