‘Horrible’ stench making Melbourne residents ill
Residents in Melbourne’s southeast are concerned for their health with an oppressive stench from a nearby tip causing illness and affecting sleep.
The Brooklyn Greens and Botanic Ridge estates in Cranbourne have been struck with an intensified smell in recent days from demolition waste and inadequately covered construction at a landfill site owned by SBI Group, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) says.
The EPA says the odour is caused by hydrogen sulfide and has been made worse by cold, still winter weather, preventing the stench from scattering.
Local resident Alicks took to Melbourne talkback radio station 3AW to air concerns for her baby’s health.
“I’ve got a five-week old baby, I was up all night. Nauseous, headache, feeling really unwell,” she said.
“Surely being so young and so small she’s going to have some sort of impact with this odour.
“The smell’s actually waking me up. Horrible taste in my mouth. I’m actually nauseous and gagging.
“It’s really scary for us.”
The Cranbourne local explained that the smell set in months ago but had sharpened in recent days.
“Lately, it’s been getting really bad,” she said.
“Outside it’s horrible, and no matter if you shut your doors and windows it’s still getting inside.
“Everyone’s been on the phone to the EPA, everyone’s done reports.
“It would’ve been nice to have some communication beforehand to let us know what was going on, what the smell actually is, what is going to do and how they’re going to fix it.
“At the moment they’re saying it’s just a nuisance smell.”
Fellow resident Sally is seven weeks pregnant and is worrying about the impact on her unborn baby.
“I’m actually vomiting quite a lot more than I have been previously with the smell,” she told 3AW.
“My two-year-old has a constant cough and is gagging a lot, my husband’s asthma has flared up.’
EPA acting regional manager Steve Landsell insisted the environmental authority was doing everything in its power to fix the issue, suggesting the more intense smell wouldn’t last into the long-term.
“It can cause some short-term impacts, but we do know as soon as it dissipates it can really help people get on with their lives,” he said.
“If people are having serious concerns and ongoing impacts, we’d encourage them to see their doctor.”
SBI Group apologised for the odour in a public statement released on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, SBI Group’s Cranbourne landfill has been releasing increased odour in recent weeks, which has escalated late last week,” the statement said.
“The recent odour issue has been caused by stagnant water generated from a water pond in the former quarry void onsite.
“Due to prevailing winds, this has had particular impact on neighbouring communities. We have been trucking the stagnant water off site since Friday afternoon.
“This along with a number of other efforts has assisted to reduce the odour; however, air inversions overnight has meant nearby communities are still experiencing odour.
“We sincerely apologise to our neighbours for the inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your patience while we address this issue.”
Originally published as ‘Horrible’ stench making Melbourne residents ill
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