News

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



Former minister claims he voluntarily stopped abusing boy

Retired Uniting Church Minister Barry Dangerfield (right) arrives at Brisbane District Court.

Barry Dangerfield charged with multiple counts of indecent dealing

Iconic Ipswich pub now number one in Queensland

PA Hotel owners Mary-Anne and Clive Johnson are pleased to have been awarded the Queensland Hotels Association 2016 Hotel of the Year.

It's official - Ipswich is home to the best pub in Queensland

Emotional farewell for AWLQ volunteers and staff

AWLQ CEO Denise Bradley farewells a long-serving volunteer at the West Ipswich facility on Friday.

The AWLQ has left the building. So what's next?

Local Partners

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Things to do around Ipswich this weekend

The Ipswich Orchid Society Garden Spectacular is this weekend.

Things to do around Ipswich

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets