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Swanbank Odour Targeted Compliance Project 2016/2017

The Queensland Government is undertaking a targeted compliance project to address the ongoing odour issues being experienced by residents surrounding the suburb of Swanbank in Ipswich.

Since 2013, there have been significant increases in the number of odour complaints made during the warmer months of the year.

The Queensland Government regulates a number of activities within the Swanbank area including landfills and composting operations. These businesses must comply with the conditions of their approvals and prevent odour from causing a nuisance within the community.

The government is committed to pinpointing the source of offensive odour in the area and taking appropriate enforcement action where necessary.

Targeted compliance inspections

Targeted compliance inspections will be carried out in Swanbank over the 2016/2017 summer period to ensure licence conditions are being met and operators have appropriate odour management measures in place.

Air monitoring program

As well as an increased presence of government officers in the area, a proactive air monitoring program will be undertaken during the project, including the use of new odour monitoring technology to help track odours back to a definitive source.

Working with our stakeholders

The Queensland Government is working closely with all relevant government agencies to find solutions to the odour problem and to keep the local community informed. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is leading the project, working collaboratively with Queensland Health, the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation and Ipswich City Council.

How to make an odour complaint

Anyone who is experiencing offensive odour which affects their day-to-day activities is encouraged to report the issue to the Pollution Hotline on 1300 130 372 or by email to

Providing as much information about the odour as possible supports the complaint investigation process. Those reporting an issue are also encouraged to complete an odour log which outlines important details, such as the description and intensity of the odour and wind conditions at the time.

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Last updated
15 November 2016
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