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Background

 Odour complaints have been received from Banksia Grove, Carramar and Tapping residents. The complaints have mainly occurred through winter months when there are frequent light winds from the north. There are a number of potential sources to the north of Banksia Grove including waste facilities, market gardens and industrial premises.

The source of the odours is being investigated by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), with the following actions undertaken:

  • An assessment of potential sources using aerial imagery and licensing information.
  • Inspections of nine waste facilities and one industrial facility in the area.
  • Five odour field patrols on Pederick Road, Flynn Drive and the residential areas of Banksia Grove and Carramar from 22 May to 16 August 2018.

Potential sources:

The odour patrols identified three premises as potential odour sources that could impact residential areas. These included two Neerabup greenwaste/composting facilities with large green waste stockpiles, as well as an industrial facility.

To address the odours from these sources, DWER has initiated the following actions:

  • Requested the two Neerabup composting/greenwaste facilities to reduce stockpile size in order to reduce anaerobic conditions and subsequent odour emissions. The stockpile sizes have been reduced and the facilities are being monitored.
  • DWER inspected the industrial facility, using air emissions detection equipment. The inspection assessed the industrial processes and potential odour emission risks. Further work is being undertaken to assess possible additional odour emission points at the facility.

What is Happening Now?

DWER will continue to investigate the odours and ensure operators carry out actions to reduce or eliminate odours.

The department will also continue to monitor community complaints, and liaise and work closely with the City of Wanneroo.

More information

 

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Please check back or subscribe to email updates below. Odour complaints can be made to DWER’s 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782. If you have any further questions relating to this issue, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 Updated 22 November 2018