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Residents kicking up a stink over foul stench

Angry Ripley residents are reporting a bad smell in the area for the past several weeks. From left, Bruce Stumer, David Dick, Megan Archer, and Cheryl Pittman.
Angry Ripley residents are reporting a bad smell in the area for the past several weeks. From left, Bruce Stumer, David Dick, Megan Archer, and Cheryl Pittman. David Nielsen

A FOUL stench around Ipswich suburbs which is causing residents to lock up their homes in the heat of summer is under investigation by the government environment department.

Ripley and Raceview residents have reported the odour of "burning dead animals and plastics", emanating from the Swanbank area in the past six weeks.

Resident Cheryl Pittman said the odour was causing health concerns and bringing on asthma attacks and sore eyes. She said there was no let up, with the stench arriving 5.30pm and remaining strong until the early morning. "When it is really strong it gets thicker from about 8.30pm and it will go all night until around 6am," she said.

Raceview resident Margaret Freiberg described much the same smell despite living 4km away from Ms Pittman.

"The odour comes into the house and you need to shut the windows up to try to keep it out, and then it disappears again," she said.

"Unfortunately it is already inside and although it may clean quicker outside, the odour stays around in the house."

"Unfortunately it is already inside and although it may clean quicker outside, the odour stays around in the house."

As the QT went to print last night, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the source of the stench had been identified.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection Acting Deputy Director Glen Brown said the department is investigating a number of complaints regarding odours in the Swanbank area.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said she notified the acting environment minister Tracy Davis to put a stop to the incident.

"It is really serious when we have had hot summer days in Ipswich and residents have to shut their windows," she said.

Topics:  asthma, department of environment and heritage protection, odour, raceview, ripley, swanbank


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