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Brush-up on food safety with Council’s free Food Handlers Course

16 March 2016

If you regularly serve food to the public, be it at fundraising barbeques, local events and festivals, or restaurants and cafes, come along to one of Western Downs Regional Council’s free Basic Food Handlers Courses to refine your food safety skills.

  • All food handlers across the region, from community volunteers to professional workers can register to attend a course;
  • The course focuses on legislative requirements, personal hygiene, food-borne illness, and correct food storage and handling;
  • The courses are a great opportunity for staff to update their knowledge or employers to upskill staff on correct food handling procedures;
  • Sessions will be held from Tuesday 5 April, and a minimum of 10 attendees are needed to hold a session. For more information visit

Western Downs Regional Council Chief Executive Officer Ross Musgrove said the courses have been a great success across the region and are really well received by the community.

“With the local show season well underway, these courses are a great opportunity for community groups and professional food workers to brush-up on the fundamentals so as to maintain safe food service to their customers,” he said.

“Local community groups and not-for-profit organisations do a fantastic job of running food stalls at community events and festivals, so it’s important for them to keep up-to-date with correct food handling procedures so that food provided to the public via temporary kitchens is safe.

“Our region also has a diverse range of restaurants, cafes, pubs, grocers, and food vendors that employ staff who regularly handle food, so this course will be a great opportunity for them to refresh and update their knowledge.”

Those interested in attending a Food Handlers Course in their area need to RSVP at least three days prior to the course by contacting Council by: emailing; in writing to PO Box 551, Dalby QLD 4405; by phoning 1300 COUNCIL; or visiting Council’s Food Hygiene webpage.

A limit of 25 places are available for each course, and a minimum of 10 attendees are needed to hold a session. A Council Officer will provide confirmation of your place over the phone before your nominated session is held.

Please note that this course is not an accredited Food Safety Supervisors course.

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