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When the wind blows – The Great Macarthur Pong

By toadstool - 7 January 2011 32

We have been living in Macarthur for over 12 months which as everyone knows is just over the hill from the Mugga Lane tip.

Since the big wet we have noticed an interesting third world type of odour in the suburb whenever the north easterly blows.

Sometimes the smell is quite unbearable and often goes throughout our entire house.

Last night while parking at Erindale shops I noticed the smell there, so it appears not to be isolated to just Macarthur.

Has anyone else in Tuggeranong noticed the smell? Is there anything that can be done about it? Why hasn’t anyone kicked up a stink (pardon the pun) about it as I’ve heard nothing about it from any other sources?

What’s Your opinion?


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When the wind blows – The Great Macarthur Pong
bj_ACT 1:55 pm 12 Jan 16

Don’t worry Tuggeranong residents your Local Government is looking after you.

Each of the last few years the “Budget in Your Region” web page has proudly boasted that the most money for Tuggeranong has gone to:

“Alexander Maconochie Centre” & “Mugga Lane – Land Fill Extension”.

Gee thanks Mr Barr – we really appreciate that you have spent our Tuggeranong tax payer dollars on the Tip and the Prison, next time we might like some of the fun things like a Sports Center, Arts Center, Urban renewal and improved shopping area like you have put near where you live in Dickson.

kawasaki 6:58 pm 12 Feb 11

Yes! I am with you on that one, we live in Fadden and I get this stench going through our house every day. We have lived here for about four years and it’s been a problem for about six months, I have emailed a couple of government departments and was ignored [of course]. All the people I know who live in Fadden all have the same problem, it is coming from the methane plant over the hill, but why it’s so bad now we need some answers from these morons who run the stink hole. I am all for a methane plant but not in our back yard’s.

JohnyH 12:08 am 21 Jan 11

You’re not alone – we’ve got it in Isaacs. I’ve heard the tip is closing at some point,though ….

Chop71 10:24 pm 20 Jan 11

CraigT said :

Gosh, but people who live at Macarthur are whingers.

I hear that building gas-fuelled power-stations don’t just create jobs, attract business and help fund infrastructure, they also eliminate odours when built next-door to tips.

Bummer about last year’s whinge-athon, eh, Macarthur residents?

+1

Lots of hot air in Macarthur

izabel10 7:01 pm 20 Jan 11

Rather than whinging about a comment/question like most posters….

I have lived in Fadden for 5+ years and yes, we thought our sewerage was blocked given the recent smell. Never had anything like it before. Yes, it appears it comes from the tip, which seems to be catching up for about 10 years of basically no smell.

I don’t recall any gas reclamation plants mentioned in the plans of that data centre. Only where the new large natural gas lines to run the power plants would go…

bob34a 3:10 pm 08 Jan 11

“Makes about as much sense as complaints of noise from residents who live near the airports totally disregarding the fact that the airport has been there since the 1920?s.”

Not quite; it was meant to only be dumped to x height in y area, where x wouldn’t have had any significant impact over the ridge, have a number of years ago had an expansion to the dimensions approved (I think it was billed to be related to the gas reclamation power stations). Combination of present height and weather would be the reason for the increased smell. It should diminish again after the south facing ridge is finished over the years and settles.

but on the same side, those 1920s didn’t expect 747s!

H1NG0 2:22 pm 08 Jan 11

Makes about as much sense as complaints of noise from residents who live near the airports totally disregarding the fact that the airport has been there since the 1920’s.

miz 9:03 am 08 Jan 11

I sympathise, Toadstool. A few weeks ago, I was driving from Narrabundah to home the scenic way via Mugga Lane, with my windows open as it was such a gorgeous day after the rain.

But we shut our windows quick smart on turning left into to Long Gully Road. Phew! A disgusting smell alright. Smelt like a sewage spill (not the normal ‘tip smell’). I put it down an overflow into the creek after all the rain.

If you are still suffering, I would ring ACTEW and check if there are any pipes or outlets in that area. I would hate for that smell to linger in my home.

Clown Killer 9:42 pm 07 Jan 11

Suck it up princess. You want cheap real estate just over the crest from a land fill and then also want to complain about the stench? Move, or start pretending you live in Venice (similar smell but with better architecture and gondolas).

kincuri 9:23 pm 07 Jan 11

So there’s a smell that seems to follow YOU around, but has been mentioned by anyone else in the Tuggeranong region…

hmm…

Sammy 9:15 pm 07 Jan 11

Don’t a couple of liberal politicians live in Macarthur?

Captain RAAF 7:17 pm 07 Jan 11

Was the tip there when you moved in?

Of course it was, suck it up, Princess!

CraigT 7:08 pm 07 Jan 11

Gosh, but people who live at Macarthur are whingers.

I hear that building gas-fuelled power-stations don’t just create jobs, attract business and help fund infrastructure, they also eliminate odours when built next-door to tips.

Bummer about last year’s whinge-athon, eh, Macarthur residents?

ramblingted 6:06 pm 07 Jan 11

Surely the agent mentioned this before you moved in?

Francois Dillinger 3:13 pm 07 Jan 11

Is this odour distinct from the usual smell around Tuggeranong?
Muahahaha – thought I’d get this in before anyone else did.

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