MP raises Coffs' stinky problem

COFFS Harbour MP Andrew Fraser has raised in State Parliament the matter of smells emanating from Coffs Harbour’s Englands Road waste management centre.

The officially-named Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Park in Englands Road incorporates recycling of a range of materials like paper and cardboard, glass and plastics, the Biomass waste processing plant, green waste processing, landfill and a landfill gas extraction plant.

The plant handles waste from Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Macksville local government areas.

Mr Fraser said the unpleasant stench was affecting not only those living nearby, like Zeno and Mandy Baston, but the people who worked and shopped at Bunnings and the other business in the nearby industrial area.

“The inaction of Coffs Harbour City Council, the Environment Protection Authority and the operator of the facility, demonstrates that the local government authority and those providing a service for local government obviously get more favourable treatment than ratepayers living and working in the area,” Mr Fraser said.

“I believe the waste depot is breaching environmental regulations as the stench is affecting an area several kilometres wide.

Mr Baston said yesterday he was surprised to hear Mr Fraser had raised the matter in parliament but agreed wholeheartedly that service operators were receiving more favourable treatment than ordinary citizens would receive in the same circumstances.

Mr Baston said Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water inspectors were doing odour measurements around the area ‘all the time.’

“They seem to be on the case,” he said.

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