Yabulu on the nose with its stinky silence
THE silence from the Yabulu nickel refinery over a stench at Saunders Beach on the weekend is deafening.
Residents reported having burning eyes and throats after being hit by a foul ammonia smell on Sunday night.
The stink has been blamed on the nickel refinery, which uses ammonia in its refining processes.
Residents claim it is the second time they have been forced to endure the stench in six months.
One would have thought the refinery would have been quick to either deny it was the culprit or apologise for the stink. But not this company. It refused to respond to the Bulletin’s inquiries yesterday, effectively snubbing its nose at nearby residents.
This is hardly the behaviour of a good corporate citizen.
Thankfully, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection was more forthcoming, confirming late yesterday that equipment failure at Yabulu was to blame for the stink.
An EHP spokesman said the problem had been resolved, although it “is investigating the matter further”.
Yabulu is a valued employer in Townsville but that does not mean it should not be accountable to the community in which it operates. Top marks for school pledge LAST month, the Townsville Bulletin and others in the community urged the State Government to start planning for new schools in the Northern Beaches sooner rather than later.
While schools in the area may not yet be at capacity, they’re not far from it.
So it is pleasing the State Government has heeded the message and pledged $ 90 million over four years to build a new state primary school and conduct preliminary planning for a new secondary school in the city’s northern corridor.
Suburbs to the north of Townsville are among the fastest- growing in Queensland.
Without adequate planning, there is always a danger they will be caught short.