Food safety inspections for the years 2014, 2015, 2016

Nigel Gladstone made this Government Information (Public Access) request to Great Lakes Council

The request was successful.

From: Nigel Gladstone

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Dear Local Council,

Can you please provide me with the number of food safety inspections carried out in your area annually, for the last three years?

How many warning were issued each year and how many fines each year?

What percentage of all food outlets did the council inspect each year?

Have any outlets been shut down for non-compliance and if so what for and how many?

What were the worst offences/biggest fines for each year?

Yours faithfully,

Nigel Gladstone

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From: Kathy Duggan

Dear Mr Gladstone

 

Thank you for your email. Under the NSW Food Regulation Partnership
between Council and the NSW Food Authority, Council is required to report
on a number of issues similar to your request. In the first instance I
would refer you to the NSW Food Authority website
[1]www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au where the activity reports are publicly
available. I also refer you to the NSW Food Authority’s Name and Shame
register where food businesses that are issued with a Penalty Infringement
Notice are publicly available.

 

Should you then require further detailed information, it will be necessary
for you to lodge a 'formal' Government Information (Public Access) Act
application in respect of the requested documentation.

 

I have attached an application form for your convenience. The completed
application should be lodged with Council together with the relevant
application fee of $30.00. Once received, the application will be dealt
with in accordance with the relevant legislative requirements.

 

You should note that time-based processing charges apply to determining
such an application ($30 per hour).

 

I note you have also sent this request to Greater Taree Council and
Gloucester Shire Council. On 12 May 2016, our three Councils were merged
into one, Mid-Coast Council. This email acts as a response to the three
requests you have made.

Should you wish to discuss the matter please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind Regards

 

Kathy

 

 

 

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Attachment GIPAA Access Application Form.doc
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Please find attached the Application Form.

 

Kind Regards

 

Kathy

 

From: Kathy Duggan
Sent: Monday, 31 October 2016 10:32 AM
To: '[FOI #2446 email]'
Cc: Rob Griffiths; Michelle Jobson
Subject: FW: Government Information (Public Access) request - Food safety
inspections for the years 2014, 2015, 2016

 

Dear Mr Gladstone

 

Thank you for your email. Under the NSW Food Regulation Partnership
between Council and the NSW Food Authority, Council is required to report
on a number of issues similar to your request. In the first instance I
would refer you to the NSW Food Authority website
[1]www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au where the activity reports are publicly
available. I also refer you to the NSW Food Authority’s Name and Shame
register where food businesses that are issued with a Penalty Infringement
Notice are publicly available.

 

Should you then require further detailed information, it will be necessary
for you to lodge a 'formal' Government Information (Public Access) Act
application in respect of the requested documentation.

 

I have attached an application form for your convenience. The completed
application should be lodged with Council together with the relevant
application fee of $30.00. Once received, the application will be dealt
with in accordance with the relevant legislative requirements.

 

You should note that time-based processing charges apply to determining
such an application ($30 per hour).

 

I note you have also sent this request to Greater Taree Council and
Gloucester Shire Council. On 12 May 2016, our three Councils were merged
into one, Mid-Coast Council. This email acts as a response to the three
requests you have made.

 

Should you wish to discuss the matter please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind Regards

 

Kathy

 

 

 

 

[2]MidCoast Council Logo Links to Kathy Duggan
website Governance Officer
[3]Facebook [4]Twitter [5]YouTube 02 6591 7218 |
[6][email address]
MidCoast Council | Breese Parade | PO
Box 450 | Forster  NSW 2428
[7]www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au
[8]What is MidCoast? What represents our
divierse communities, brings us together
and will carry us into the future? Tell
us what you value. Click here.

 

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From: Nigel Gladstone

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Dear Kathy Duggan,

I have had this request treated in accordance with section 8 of the GIPA Act as an informal request to access information by other councils.

Why is your council treating it as a formal request in the first instance?

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Gladstone

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From: Kathy Duggan

Hi Nigel

As the information requested will require significant use of Council resources to search and collate the information requested, our standard practice is to treat this as a Formal request and as such fees apply to allow for the recovery of some of the costs. Using a Formal Application also gives you a certainty around the timing of receiving the information.

Kind Regards

Kathy

[MidCoast Council Logo Links to website]<http://midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
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Kathy Duggan
Governance Officer
02 6591 7218 | [email address]<mailto:[email address]>
MidCoast Council | Breese Parade | PO Box 450 | Forster NSW 2428
www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
[What is MidCoast? What represents our divierse communities, brings us together and will carry us into the future? Tell us what you value. Click here.]<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your...>

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From: Nigel Gladstone

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Dear Kathy Duggan,

Thanks for your reply. I have been informed by other councils this information is available here http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/rp/f... and I have requested it broken down by council area directly from the NSW Food authority. As I understand it under the Food Regulation Partnership all councils are required to annually report on their food regulatory activities.

So, hopefully, I will not need to request any further information from your council as the authority will release it for you.

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Gladstone

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From: Nigel Gladstone

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Dear Kathy Duggan,

This request is very simple as all the information I am asking for is contained in an annual report all councils provide to the NSW food Authority as you have pointed out.
Lane Cove council had this in their document management system but if you do not have a copy of it, you can request it from the food authority and they will email it back to you.

Unfortunately, the Food authority will not release the forms as it is third party information so I have to request it from all councils individually. I have already received this information from more than two dozen councils now without the need for a GIPA or any paper work as it is an informal request.

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Gladstone

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From: Kathy Duggan


Attachment activity report form GLC 2015 16.pdf
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Attachment activity report form GLC 2014 15.pdf
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Attachment 2013 2014 food authority data Great Lakes.xls
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Good afternoon Mr Gladstone

Please find attached the information you have requested from Great Lakes Council. I will send through the information you require for Greater Taree City Council via a separate email.

The Officer responsible for preparing these reports for Gloucester Shire Council is on leave until late next week. Upon his return I will arrange for the information to be sent to you.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Kathy

[MidCoast Council Logo Links to website]<http://midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
[Facebook]<https://www.facebook.com/midcoastcouncil...> [Twitter] <https://twitter.com/MidCoastCouncil> [YouTube] <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjmh-oK...>
Kathy Duggan
Governance Officer
02 6591 7218 | [email address]<mailto:[email address]>
MidCoast Council | Breese Parade | PO Box 450 | Forster NSW 2428
www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
[What is MidCoast? What represents our divierse communities, brings us together and will carry us into the future? Tell us what you value. Click here.]<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your...>

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From: Kathy Duggan


Attachment activity report form 2015 2016 GTCC.pdf
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Attachment Activity Report 14 15 GTCC.pdf
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Attachment Activity Report Form 2013 14 GTCC.pdf
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Dear Mr Gladstone

As per my previous email, please find attached the information you require from the former Greater Taree City Council.

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

King Regards

Kathy

[MidCoast Council Logo Links to website]<http://midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
[Facebook]<https://www.facebook.com/midcoastcouncil...> [Twitter] <https://twitter.com/MidCoastCouncil> [YouTube] <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjmh-oK...>
Kathy Duggan
Governance Officer
02 6591 7218 | [email address]<mailto:[email address]>
MidCoast Council | Breese Parade | PO Box 450 | Forster NSW 2428
www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
[What is MidCoast? What represents our divierse communities, brings us together and will carry us into the future? Tell us what you value. Click here.]<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your...>

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From: Nigel Gladstone

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Dear Kathy Duggan,

Thank you very much for this information.

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Gladstone

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From: Kathy Duggan

Dear Mr Gladstone

Please find below the information you have requested from the former Gloucester Shire Council.

Can you please provide me with the number of food safety inspections carried out in your area annually, for the last three years?
15/16: 31 Inspections
14/15: 29 Inspections
13/14: 29 Inspections

How many warning were issued each year and how many fines each year?
15/16: 0
14/15: 0
13/14: 0

What percentage of all food outlets did the council inspect each year?
15/16: 100
14/15: 100
13/14: 95

Have any outlets been shut down for non-compliance and if so what for and how many?
15/16: 0
14/15: 0
13/14: 0

What were the worst offences/biggest fines for each year?

Nil.

I believe that now concludes the request you originally made to the three former Councils (Gloucester Shire, Great Lakes and Greater Taree City), now known as Mid-Coast Council. Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Kathy

[MidCoast Council Logo Links to website]<http://midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
[Facebook]<https://www.facebook.com/midcoastcouncil...> [Twitter] <https://twitter.com/MidCoastCouncil> [YouTube] <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjmh-oK...>
Kathy Duggan
Governance Officer
02 6591 7218 | [email address]<mailto:[email address]>
MidCoast Council | Breese Parade | PO Box 450 | Forster NSW 2428
www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
[What is MidCoast? What represents our divierse communities, brings us together and will carry us into the future? Tell us what you value. Click here.]<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your...>

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From: Nigel Gladstone

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Dear Kathy Duggan,

Thanks very much for this information, can you also please confirm no formal improvement notices were issued in the three years? That's my last question, I promise!

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Gladstone

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From: Kathy Duggan

That's correct, no formal improvement notices were issued by the former Gloucester Shire Council.

Kind Regards

Kathy

[MidCoast Council Logo Links to website]<http://midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
[Facebook]<https://www.facebook.com/midcoastcouncil...> [Twitter] <https://twitter.com/MidCoastCouncil> [YouTube] <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjmh-oK...>
Kathy Duggan
Governance Officer
02 6591 7218 | [email address]<mailto:[email address]>
MidCoast Council | Breese Parade | PO Box 450 | Forster NSW 2428
www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au>
[What is MidCoast? What represents our divierse communities, brings us together and will carry us into the future? Tell us what you value. Click here.]<http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your...>

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From: Nigel Gladstone

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Dear Kathy Duggan,

Thanks, very much, that's all I needed.

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Gladstone

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