Fed up Ipswich residents claim they are plagued by foul odours making them sick, but the state government says there is nothing for the residents to worry about — despite images of locals plagued by large rashes emerging online.
Complaints began about 2013, with the suburbs of Swanbank and New Chum most affected by the odours, with the area home to landfill, composting and recycling facilities.
Lung cancer rates in adjoining Redbank Plains are almost 50 per cent above the national average but the state’s environment department says it has seen no indication of “any potential health concerns”.
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Tens of thousands of complaints have been submitted to the Queensland Government’s Odour Abatement Taskforce since 2018, with 6000 complaints this year alone.
However, the smells linger and Ipswich City Council mayor Teresa Harding has slammed the state government handling of the situation.