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EHA : EHA Yearbook 2010
EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2010 44 Branch/State Association Reports Septech ICON. Feedback so far has been positive. Comments include: n "liked the working models" n "content of the presentations was great" Another Tour is planned for later in the year. Thanks to sponsors and to those who attended. EPA Code of Practice -- Domestic On-Site Wastewater A number of draft versions of the Code have been reviewed with constructive comment provided by the SIG to the EPA. Comments have been well received. A draft will be released to Councils and industry in October/ November 2010. On·Site Domestic Wastewater Management Policy and Regulatory Review Project Whilst little has happened with this project since mid 2008, The SIG has continued to seek a project update by writing to the EPA and DSE on a number of occasions. A letter from DSE this week indicates that a discussion paper will be released for stakeholder comment. No timeframe has been committed to due to upcoming State elections. We'll keep you posted. Noise Information Session A survey to all members sent out in August has identified a need to run an information session on dealing with noise. Details will be provided shortly. Peter Wright MEHA Environmental Management Special Interest Group Co-Convenor North Eastern Regional Group Throughout the 2009-2010 financial year the Hume Region division of Environmental Health Australia had the opportunity to address issues faced by the environmental Health professionals working in the field. During meetings held in Shepparton, Benalla, Murrindindi and Wangaratta Environmental Health professionals were encouraged to share their experiences and innovations. Some of the highlights of the year included: n A tour of the Ecowise facility at Wangaratta which allowed us to see the processes involved in food and water sampling. n Driving through the fire affected areas when attending the Murrindindi meeting and seeing how the community and environment are recovering. n Working through the new Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and getting our heads around the changes to the Food Act 1984. I'm sure this will be the topic of discussion at meetings in the future. n Commenting and discussing the Caravan Parks and Moveable Dwellings regulations. n Many discussions around the EPA's "Code of Practice -- Onsite Wastewater Management" document, other EPA documents and environmental issues. The past year has presented many challenges and changes, but the group is looking forward to working together to achieve inspiring outcomes. A big thank you to everyone in the region for contributing and look forward to another action packed year. Suzanne Walker MEHA North Eastern Regional Group Secretary Central Highlands Regional Group The Central Highlands Regional Group comprises councils along and either side of the Western Highway transport route which carries most of the road transport between Melbourne and Adelaide. A number of our members also belong to the North Western Group and we generally have a combined meeting at least once a year which leads to lively discussion and exchange of ideas from the bulk of the EHOs working in the western half of the State. This year we have met in Horsham, Daylesford, Ararat, and Ballarat with numbers varying from 15 to 30 plus. Guests from the Department of Health have provided valuable information on a variety of subjects including Colonic Irrigation and the ongoing legislative changes. We continue to enjoy a close relationship with the Department of Health and are very proud that one of our professional colleagues, Tom Neiderle, has been appointed as the Acting Regional director of the Health Department for the Grampians Region. This appointment is until February 2011 when there will be permanent appointments made. It would be a feather in Tom's cap and our profession if he is confirmed in the position next year. We are also appreciative Victoria (continued)