A company’s been hit with a $14,000 fine, accused of causing a ‘noxious and offensive odour’ south of Caboolture.
The Department of Environment and Science received a number of reports from the community concerning a putrid smell in the Narangba area between November 14 and 15.
In response, DES compliance officers carried out an extensive investigation including out-of-hours odour monitoring during evenings, early mornings and weekends, multiple inspections of potential sources and air quality sampling.
DES identified one source of odour from a site within the Narangba Industrial Estate.
The company has since been issued with a $14,375 Penalty Infringement Notice and is now taking steps to prevent further odour issues including installing new equipment, reducing their hours of operation and focussing on the quality and composition of feedstock materials used to manufacture its products.
The success of these actions is being evaluated and additional measures will be explored as required.
“Due to the nature of the operations carried out at the Narangba Industrial Estate, DES is continuing to investigate any other potential sources of offensive odours that could impact the area,” a spokesperson says.
“If anyone in the area continues to experience offensive odours, they are urged to contact the department by calling the Pollution Hotline on 1300 130 372 during business hours or emailing PollutionHotline@des.qld.gov.au.”