Meeting will put politicians on the spot over Ripley stink
A TOWN meeting has been organised to prevent politicians from "passing the buck" about who was responsible for addressing the region's smell.
The Ripley Township Committee will hold a meeting on March 24 to ask Ipswich politicians for an explanation about the stink.
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann, State Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard and Ipswich councillor Kerry Silver will take questions.
Organiser Margaret Daniell hoped having the three representatives in one place would prevent representatives from dodging questions.
"Council owns the land but keeps blaming the state Environmental Protection Agency," she said.
"I thought if that's the case I'll get Jennifer there.
"They can't pass the buck."
Mrs Daniell said residents were so frustrated with the lack of action on the smell, many have decided to live with it.
"People don't ring up about the stink any more because it's such an effort and nothing gets done," she said.
In an effort to receive informed responses, some questions will be provided to the attending politicians.
Mrs Daniell hoped the forum would provide residents with an understanding of why the stink was occurring.
"If you know what's going on and why it's going on you're more likely to accept it," she said.
"Transparency seems to be the current catchphrase, the most popular at the moment.
"I just felt to sit back and do nothing, it's not going to achieve anything."
In October 2016, then-Mayor Paul Pisasale called a summit with businesses and the EPA to discuss the smells and development compliance.
Mrs Daniell said people wanted answers to the source of the stink and what could be done to mitigate it.
"Surely someone can stick a machine up and say the smell is coming from this place," she said.
The Ripley Township Committee formed two years ago after Mrs Daniell was off work with a back problem.
"I thought about our little township and I thought we should have a voice," she said.
Once a month the group meets to discuss issues important to residents in the old Ripley township, with the smell a priority.
"That's way up the top of the priority list," she said.
The meeting will be held on March 24 from 12.30pm at Scott's Park in Ripley Township.