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Why does Tuggeranong stink?

By Charlotte Harper - 12 January 2016 76

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Have you been affected by the unpleasant smell in Tuggeranong? Do you know where it’s coming from?

In recent weeks residents of the territory’s southern suburbs have complained about a foul stench and now the Canberra Liberals are on the case. Shadow Minister for the Environment Nicole Lawder has called on the Government to act to resolve the issue.

Ms Lawder reckons the stink is coming from the Mugga Lane Tip, which could suggest the problem is more to do with what we as individuals are putting in our wheelie bins than any decision the Government has made.

“Throughout December and again over the past few days I’ve received complaints from Tuggeranong residents about the foul odour they believe is coming from the Mugga Lane Tip,” Ms Lawder said in a statement this morning.

“For too long this has been an issue and residents deserve to enjoy the warmer weather, without being subjected to the foul smell.”

She said the reports had come from a range of locations, particularly in Fadden and Macarthur, and that ICON Water had investigated and ruled out the possibility it was a sewage issue.

“The government and the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) need to determine the cause of the odour as a matter of urgency and fix the problem. It’s been an issue for too long and is causing major inconvenience for many residents.”

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76 Responses to
Why does Tuggeranong stink?
dungfungus 10:04 am 13 Jan 16

watto23 said :

I’m glad Ms Lawder has sorted it out. Now about my smell problem in Tuggeranong that is unrelated to the tip. there are some kind of sewerage pipes that with the right wind stink my place out. so hopefully she fixes that issue too, Maybe its not political enough for her…. Love to know what she is going to do about the tip. Share the tip around? The tip was there before Fadden and Macarthur residents moved in.

With respect, the lives of the Mugga Lane and West Belconnen Land Fills were planned to end in 2015.
The current government had a number of options to deal with Canberra’s (and Queanbeyan’s) burgeoning waste disposal including transporting Canberra’s waste to the Woodlawn Bio-reactor at Tarago (an option no longer available) but they arranged the cheapest solution by acquiring land abutting the existing landfill (how much did they pay for it?) stating some motherhood reason like “Canberra would deal with its own waste”.
They engaged a PR firm to do a survey in to the ramifications of extending the life of the Mugga Lane
land fill but residents in the most odour-exposed suburbs were not contacted directly and never had an opportunity to voice opinions.
The Tuggeranong Community Council, who in reality only represent the interests of the south and south west suburbs of Tuggeranong, were engaged directly in the survey but interestingly the same organisation were not given any details of the Development Application that was lodged in November 2015 (the one with an IES identifying the odour as a problem) that was signed off by Minister Corbell two years earlier.
The survey was a sham but delivered the right result to the government. If that is not political expediency at work the I don’t know what is.
There has been a series of bungling and bad management at the Mugga Lane Land Fill which residents of the northern suburbs of Tuggeranong were looking forward to ending last year.
Unfortunately, we have to endure them for another 30 years – I won’t be around then..

rubaiyat 8:37 am 13 Jan 16

dungfungus said :

While the ACT Government are in denial that the smell is coming from the Mugga Lane Land Fill, buried in the IES supporting the DA to extend the life (and smell) of the land fill for another 30 years is this revealing “goal” under the heading:
21.1 Summary of Draft Environmental Management Commitments.
Specifically Ref 36 on page 233:
“Reduce odorous and non-odorous gasses from landfill during operation, closure and post closure reducing the amenity of sensitive receivers.”
The landfill extension DA can be found at the following ACTPLA link:
http://www.planning.act.gov.au/topics/your_say/comment/pubnote?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZhcHBzLmFjdHBsYS5hY3QuZ292LmF1JTJGcHVibm90ZSUyRnB1Ym5vdGVEZXRhaWxfbmV3LmFzcCUzRkRBX25vJTNEMjAxNTI4NTA5JmFsbD0x
It’s interesting to note that the IES was prepared over 12 months ago so this is irrefutable proof that there always has been existing odour and non-odorous gases problem otherwise they would have used the word “manage”.
Also, any Tuggeranong residents (quaintly referred to as “sensitive receivers”) who regularly cop the odour are also copping the nasty things (non-odorous gasses) that can’t be detected by their smell.
You can make your own enquiries as to what these may be.

What smell? I can’t see it.

I have this 120 year old book that you can’t look at, and I’m not explaining, that demonstrates that this is all natural.

rubaiyat 8:34 am 13 Jan 16

The sad thing is in the short time we have built up Canberra that we have trashed it so thoroughly.

One of the first things I asked the Green’s candidates, who you would think have given this some thought, was what investigations and proposals have been made to clean up all our waterways and introduce some viable ecosystem to the unnatural standing pools we have created.

Flippantly I recommended introducing gharials and Ganges and Yangtze dolphins to clean up the carp.

Not as crazy as it sounds, having made artificial waterways we should have given just as much thought to what lives in them and how best to manage them than to stand back and look at them from a safe distance so as to not get the full effect of close contact.

JC 12:32 am 13 Jan 16

bj_ACT said :

I know that some Labor MLA’s have admitted that they focusing on the North because that is where ACT elections are won or lost, but the lack of funding into Tuggeranong over the last decade for basic maintenance and community services has become a joke.

So how has this supposed lack of funding made the lake (which is actually a storm water pollutant trap) and the dump smell? Where is the evidence inferred that Tuggeranong is getting less of a share of any maintenance money?

HenryBG 9:20 pm 12 Jan 16

chewy14 said :

It’s only “usual” over the last year or so because of work that has been going on from the expansion of the tip.

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I’m sorry, I drive past the tip on a regular basis, and the smell has been perfectly “usual” for years anytime after there has been a decent amount of rain, for the obvious reasons.

miz 6:35 pm 12 Jan 16

bj_ACT said :

I know that some Labor MLA’s have admitted that they focusing on the North because that is where ACT elections are won or lost, but the lack of funding into Tuggeranong over the last decade for basic maintenance and community services has become a joke.

The smell only began a few years ago – around 2012-ish. I have lived here in Chisholm – far enough away that I should not be affected – since 2000, and before that I lived even closer, in Gilmore. There was never any problem until a few years ago, around 2012-ish In think. I now get a whiff from time to time, particularly in the early mornings when the breeze is from the east. It is not just a compost smell, but far worse. I am an avid gardener and know what compost smells like. No, something is very wrong.
You can smell it when you drive past on the Monaro Hwy, in a vehicle with the windows closed (e.g. one of the new buses), and you never used to be able to do that, either.

dungfungus 5:06 pm 12 Jan 16

While the ACT Government are in denial that the smell is coming from the Mugga Lane Land Fill, buried in the IES supporting the DA to extend the life (and smell) of the land fill for another 30 years is this revealing “goal” under the heading:
21.1 Summary of Draft Environmental Management Commitments.
Specifically Ref 36 on page 233:
“Reduce odorous and non-odorous gasses from landfill during operation, closure and post closure reducing the amenity of sensitive receivers.”
The landfill extension DA can be found at the following ACTPLA link:
http://www.planning.act.gov.au/topics/your_say/comment/pubnote?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZhcHBzLmFjdHBsYS5hY3QuZ292LmF1JTJGcHVibm90ZSUyRnB1Ym5vdGVEZXRhaWxfbmV3LmFzcCUzRkRBX25vJTNEMjAxNTI4NTA5JmFsbD0x
It’s interesting to note that the IES was prepared over 12 months ago so this is irrefutable proof that there always has been existing odour and non-odorous gases problem otherwise they would have used the word “manage”.
Also, any Tuggeranong residents (quaintly referred to as “sensitive receivers”) who regularly cop the odour are also copping the nasty things (non-odorous gasses) that can’t be detected by their smell.
You can make your own enquiries as to what these may be.

pajs 4:03 pm 12 Jan 16

I reckon the solution, which I’m sure Dungers will approve, is a massive battery of giant fans to blow the Tuggers odour out past Tharwa. Mix in some wind turbines to power the lot. Bit of well-needed scenery for valley, a solution for the smell and no impact on climate change. Wins in all directions (except south, maybe).

chewy14 2:27 pm 12 Jan 16

rommeldog56 said :

chewy14 said :

It’s only “usual” over the last year or so because of work that has been going on from the expansion of the tip.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-13/residents-near-mugga-way-tip-warned-to-expect-odour/5964924

How bad the odour is currently? Who knows, but it isn’t like this is a long term problem that the residents should put up with if it exceeds regulation limits. It only exists because of changes being made.

Yeah – right. Any time Tuggeranong residents raise this issue, it’s subject to comments like this – or “what do you expect living near a tip”, “suck it up”, “Nimbys”, etc.

The smell is now – its actually been going on for a long, long time. The link you posted talks about the smell lasting for a few weeks in December 2014 !

That was more than 12 months ago.

That’s the point I was making, the smell exists because of work at the tip and has existed for a while. They SAID it would only smell for a couple of weeks, doesn’t seem too accurate now does it?

It’s not the case of people moving in near a tip so they should know what they were getting, the tip is expanding.

watto23 1:57 pm 12 Jan 16

I’m glad Ms Lawder has sorted it out. Now about my smell problem in Tuggeranong that is unrelated to the tip. there are some kind of sewerage pipes that with the right wind stink my place out. so hopefully she fixes that issue too, Maybe its not political enough for her…. Love to know what she is going to do about the tip. Share the tip around? The tip was there before Fadden and Macarthur residents moved in.

bj_ACT 1:33 pm 12 Jan 16

I think the smell from the Garbage Tip is to counter balance the smell from Lake Tuggeranong.

I was near Lake Tuggeranong the other day and it smelt like I was back in Mumbai (even the Carp had topped themselves or maybe they were just having a relaxing float on top of the water).

I know that some Labor MLA’s have admitted that they focusing on the North because that is where ACT elections are won or lost, but the lack of funding into Tuggeranong over the last decade for basic maintenance and community services has become a joke.

rommeldog56 12:52 pm 12 Jan 16

chewy14 said :

It’s only “usual” over the last year or so because of work that has been going on from the expansion of the tip.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-13/residents-near-mugga-way-tip-warned-to-expect-odour/5964924

How bad the odour is currently? Who knows, but it isn’t like this is a long term problem that the residents should put up with if it exceeds regulation limits. It only exists because of changes being made.

Yeah – right. Any time Tuggeranong residents raise this issue, it’s subject to comments like this – or “what do you expect living near a tip”, “suck it up”, “Nimbys”, etc.

The smell is now – its actually been going on for a long, long time. The link you posted talks about the smell lasting for a few weeks in December 2014 ! That was more than 12 months ago.

chewy14 12:32 pm 12 Jan 16

HenryBG said :

“She said the reports had come from a range of locations, particularly in Fadden and Macarthur,”

Let’s be specific, how many complaints have *not* come from Macarthur or Fadden? People living in these suburbs know very well that anything remotely northerly blows tip smells into their suburb – are they keen to lower their property values by advertising this fact?

Also, as this happens every time there is significant rain (as there was last week), why would anybody in either of these two suburbs be complaining at what is a usual event?

It’s only “usual” over the last year or so because of work that has been going on from the expansion of the tip.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-13/residents-near-mugga-way-tip-warned-to-expect-odour/5964924

How bad the odour is currently? Who knows, but it isn’t like this is a long term problem that the residents should put up with if it exceeds regulation limits. It only exists because of changes being made.

HenryBG 12:00 pm 12 Jan 16

“She said the reports had come from a range of locations, particularly in Fadden and Macarthur,”

Let’s be specific, how many complaints have *not* come from Macarthur or Fadden? People living in these suburbs know very well that anything remotely northerly blows tip smells into their suburb – are they keen to lower their property values by advertising this fact?

Also, as this happens every time there is significant rain (as there was last week), why would anybody in either of these two suburbs be complaining at what is a usual event?

dungfungus 12:00 pm 12 Jan 16

The number of empty ACTION buses coming into Tuggers needs to be doubled so more fresh air can be imported and released.

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