Lo­cals claim fumes are giv­ing them blood noses, headaches

The Western Star - - Front Page - JAMES LIVERIS [email protected]­ern­

BLOOD noses, headaches and si­nus build ups are a few of the side ef­fects res­i­dents in Alex Pa­rade are suf­fer­ing from due to toxic fumes al­legedly blow­ing from the in­dus­trial zone in Roma. One res­i­dent, Robert Ab­ber­ton said he ap­proached coun­cil three months ago but no ac­tion has been taken.

RES­I­DENT Robert Ab­ber­ton, along with his neigh­bours of Alex Pa­rade are fed up af­ter suf­fer­ing blood noses, headaches and si­nus build ups due to toxic fumes al­legedly blow­ing from the in­dus­trial zone in Roma.

The 65-year-old ap­proached coun­cil with the is­sue over three months ago and with no ac­tion taken, he has kept a log book record­ing the daily trauma.

“I’ve had three ran­dom nose bleeds this week,” Mr Ab­ber­ton said.

“It’s ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous. “We’ve met with coun­cil, but they just stand there shrug­ging their shoul­ders and pass the buck to the State Gov­ern­ment.”

Twelve years ago, Mr Ab­ber­ton bought his Roma prop­erty in the light in­dus­try zone, which he said was ver­i­fied at the time by coun­cil­lor David Schefe.

But as the gas boom took its weight, a plethora of in­dus­trial busi­nesses started op­er­at­ing in town, ad­ja­cent to Mr Ab­ber­ton’s home, even­tu­ally be­ing re­zoned into an in­dus­try zone.

Mr Ab­ber­ton said for the past eight years, one of the busi­nesses in the in­dus­trial zone had al­legedly been pump­ing out fumes, spew­ing through the homes on Alex Pa­rade and af­fect­ing the res­i­dents. “It’s in coun­cil guide­lines that busi­nesses shouldn’t af­fect the qual­ity of res­i­dents live­abil­ity,” Mr Ab­ber­ton said.

“Why hasn’t coun­cil stopped this? Coun­cil need to fix the sit­u­a­tion so the fumes stop com­ing into our homes.”

In coun­cil’s In­dus­try Zone Code it states in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties are lo­cated, de­signed and man­aged to main­tain pub­lic safety, avoid sig­nif­i­cant ad­verse ef­fects on the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and min­imise im­pacts on ad­ja­cent non-in­dus­trial land.

Plan­ning and Build­ing coun­cil­lor Wendy New­man said coun­cil has car­ried out an ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Coun­cil treats all com­plaints very se­ri­ously,” Cr New­man said.

“The stan­dards for noise and odour emis­sions are set by the State Gov­ern­ment.

“Coun­cil has been con­duct­ing on­go­ing as­sess­ments and mon­i­tor­ing air emis­sions in this lo­cal­ity to en­sure com­pli­ance with the leg­is­lated stan­dards.

“There has been no breach of the stan­dards through­out this on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Cr New­man said busi­nesses in this area have been proac­tive as well as work­ing with coun­cil on this is­sue, and coun­cil was sat­is­fied that these busi­nesses are op­er­at­ing to the state’s stan­dards.

Pic­ture: James Liveris

NO MORE: Robert Ab­ber­ton, along with his neigh­bours on Alex Pa­rade, claim they are suf­fer­ing bloody noses, headaches and si­nus prob­lems due to fumes al­legedly blow­ing from the in­dus­trial zone in Roma.

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