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Wodonga odour issues archive

Baranduda odour reduction strategy

September 2014 update

Wodonga Saleyards has completed works that involved removing a significant quantity of solid waste offsite, improving site drainage and the quality of animal feed, and the development and implementation of an ongoing waste management plan for the premises.

August 2014 update

EPA continues to work on addressing issues of offensive odours impacting residents in the Killara, Bandiana and Baranduda districts and has undertaken the following actions:

  • Greenchip Recycling – a new liquid waste dewatering facility has been successfully commissioned and is operating at the Greenchip Recycling facility. The EPA licence has been amended to exclude liquid waste being applied to the compost wind rows. This has resulted in a significant reduction in the potential for offensive odours to be generated at the premises.
  • Wodonga Saleyards – a pollution abatement notice (PAN) has been served on the Wodonga Saleyards that requires improvements in the way wastes are managed. The current waste management practices are likely to led to offensive odours being generated and impacting local communities.
  • North East Water Wastewater Treatment Plant – has approved the installation of a new inlet screen to improve plant performance, which will prevent the aerator from being clogged.

West Wodonga odour reduction strategy

August 2014 update

The work in Kelly Street, Wodonga continues, with EPA serving a number of pollution abatement notices (PANs) to Wodonga Rendering to improve its environmental performance. This has resulted in:

  • improvements in the storage of chemicals
  • improvements to the management of stormwater
  • redirection of contaminated stormwater to the sewer system
  • installation of a new air extraction fan in the main rendering building
  • recladding of the main rendering building, to improve performance of the air extraction system
  • improvements in the way raw material is received and stored, to minimise the risk of odour escaping.

Further improvements will be required in relation to managing sources of onsite odour sources.

Killara odours

December 2012 update

EPA’s continued work to address issues of offensive odour in Killara has resulted in a third notice being issued in November. In this notice, EPA is requiring Greenchip Recycling to:

  • limit the amount of liquid waste that goes into the compost piles
  • store liquid waste coming onto the site in tanks that are constructed so that it doesn’t generate offensive odour
  • improve management of liquid waste and drainage systems.

Since July, EPA has issued the company with three notices requiring the company to undertake better management practices and upgrades to the site to reduce the risk of offensive odours in the residential area.

26 July 2012 update

EPA has been continuing work to address odour issues in Killara and the surrounding area.

EPA has been conducting odour surveillance and working with businesses that have potential to create odour. Information we have received from the community and Wodonga Council has greatly helped these investigations.

As a result of this work EPA believes that the management of liquid waste and stormwater at Ileowl P/L (trading as Greenchip Recycling) is causing strong, unpleasant and offensive odour. To address this EPA has issued Ileowl P/L with two pollution abatement notices. These notices require Greenchip Recycling to make changes that will help resolve the problem. EPA will closely monitor compliance with these notices. If required EPA will issue further notices or take other appropriate action.

The notices include EPA assessments of the problem and outlines actions for change. See the notices (below), and further information about pollution abatement notices.

EPA has recently published its Annual Compliance Plan 2012–13. Odour impacts in Killara are identified in this document as a key local strategic initiative for 2012–13.

We are aware of the impact the odour is having on the community and continue to work to resolve it as soon as possible. EPA will provide updates of progress on the webpage.

If you are affected by odours or become aware of other pollution, please contact EPA or call 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC)

Page last updated on 8 Feb 2016