Shepparton News

PETITION OVER BAD SMELL

BOULEVARD ESTATE RESIDENTS FED UP WITH FOUL SMELL FROM WASTEWATER FACILITY

- By Georgia Rossiter

Residents of Shepparton’s Boulevard Estate are almost fed up with the smell they say is still permeating from the nearby Shepparton wastewater management facility, run by Goulburn Valley Water.

Yvonne Tasker said since she first spoke to The News about the issue last year, the smell had not gone away.

‘‘They actually put a new cover on the sewage ponds, and we were given regular updates on how that was progressin­g,’’ she said.

‘‘But things haven’t gotten better, the covers have been finished for a while and things are no different.’’

Ms Tasker said herself and other residents had called GV Water to complain that the issue had not been resolved, but they hadn’t heard back.

In response Ms Tasker started an online petition seeking action from GV Water, which, at the time of writing, had 140 signatures.

‘‘People have definitely come on board, and it’s a fairly small area,’’ she said.

‘‘What I’m finding is that people in the broader Shepparton area, especially up the north end have the same problem.

‘‘It’s very, very unpleasant.’’ GV Water managing director Steve Capewell said they were aware of the complaints from residents and were continuing investigat­ions into the odour.

‘‘It is a top priority for Goulburn Valley Water to continue to do everything we can to understand the cause and fix the problem,’’ he said.

Mr Capewell said GV Water was now in the process of engaging an independen­t environmen­tal consultant to monitor and locate the source of the odour.

‘‘I think what we need to do now is additional monitoring to be able to understand where those odours might be coming from,’’ he said.

‘‘That’ll hopefully help us pinpoint exactly where these odours are coming from, and then we can sort of deal with it.’’

Mr Capewell also said they could not rule out the possibilit­y the stench was coming from a site adjacent to the wastewater facility, which would be investigat­ed as part of the surveillan­ce.

‘‘Given that there’s no obvious cause at the wastewater management facility, we’ll just sort of expand our testing area,’’ he said.

The monitoring process is expected to take a few months.

In the meantime, Ms Tasker said many residents were still spending extra money to be able to cope with the stench.

‘‘Some have said they’ve paid for private plumbers to come and check things out, and there’s no issues in their home,’’ she said.

‘‘We use our dryer way more than we would because who wants to be putting washing out when there’s sewage odours around?

‘‘We were told things are going to get better.’’

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 ?? Picture: Megan Fisher ?? Sick of the stench: Yvonne Tasker has started an online petition calling for action from Goulburn Valley Water over the smell.
Picture: Megan Fisher Sick of the stench: Yvonne Tasker has started an online petition calling for action from Goulburn Valley Water over the smell.

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