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Odour Abatement Taskforce

Odour abatement taskforce

The Odour Abatement Taskforce is a team of specialist officers working to investigate and respond to concerns raised by the community about odours, dust and other environmental nuisance in and around Swanbank.

Based in Redbank Plains, the taskforce is working with the community, community leaders and the waste industry to:

  • provide additional on-ground presence and response to information reports from the public, plus proactive face-to-face engagement with local communities
  • examine and review current industry regulation and practice
  • review environmental authority conditions against contemporary standards
  • encourage better practice environmental stewardship
  • introduce new technologies to monitor air, noise and water quality.
Odour Abatement Taskforce vehicle

The taskforce is out in the field around the Swanbank Industrial Area and surrounding suburbs, proactively working on solutions to the odour issue. It will be in place until at least mid-2021, ensuring the Ipswich community continues to have a quick response to any odour concerns.

Talk to us

Drop-in to the shop

The Odour Abatement Taskforce office is based in a dedicated office shopfront in Redbank Plains, open to the general public Monday to Friday.

Community members are welcome to visit the Taskforce office and talk to our experts about the odour, dust or environmental issue they are experiencing in their area, or simply find out more about the issue and the team’s work.

Odour Abatement Taskforce
Shop 3, 163 Alawoona Street, Redbank Plains

Operating hours
10.00am–2.00pm weekdays

You can also see the work of the team on the Queensland Environment Facebook page (@QldEnvironment) by searching #odourbusters.

Don’t forget if you’d like to report a Swanbank odour issue you can call 1300 130 372 (option 3) or fill in and submit an online environmental incident report, which you can access from your desktop or mobile device. See more information about reporting.

Have a community event coming up?

Contact the Taskforce community engagement team at OdourTaskforce@des.qld.gov.au to discuss our attendance.

Enforcement actions

The following enforcement actions have been issued:

Due to the ongoing nature of the Taskforce’s investigation, the department is unable to provide specific information on enforcement action.

More information is available in the department's Enforcement Guidelines (PDF, 422KB).

Our work

The Odour Abatement Taskforce focusses on odour, dust and environmental issues in the Swanbank Industrial Area (SIA). Read more about regulation within the SIA, including a list of industry operators that hold an environmental authority.

Part of the Taskforce’s work involves receiving and responding to community reports. The following dashboards show how many reports have been received and the nature (and description of odour if applicable) of the issue.

The information is updated on a weekly basis, and the data being displayed can be changed if different sections of the dashboards are clicked.