Following the Wallis Lake incident in 1997, where more than 400 people became ill contracting hepatitis A after eating oysters contaminated with human effluent, the State Government introduced amendments to the Local Government Act and regulations requiring Councils to implement strategies and guidelines to better supervise septic system installations and operation.
Routine inspections are conducted by our Environmental Health Officers or contractors and are based on the potential risk to humans and the environment whilst also protecting the Priority Oyster Aquaculture Areas (POAA) in the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers.
Our routine inspections, are based on the systems Approval to Operates expiry date, inspections will be programmed and conducted on an ongoing and continuous basis around the Bellingen Shire.
Do you need to be home?
No. Our inspector will knock on your door to introduce himself prior to conducting the inspection. If you are not home, our inspector will leave a Notice of Entry letter and return to the property within the week to conduct the programmed inspection. Please speak to the inspector or Council if circumstances are such that you require the inspection to be arranged for a specific day.
What can you do to assist us?
Clear overgrown vegetation from around your system, so an inspection can more easily be carried out and have your latest pump-out paperwork available if requested.
Does it cost the homeowner money?
Invoices will be sent out with your Approval to Operate.
Current fees for inspections can be viewed on Council Schedule of Fees and Charges. Fees cover inspection costs and well as Councils administrative functions to keep the program running.