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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

Our community engagement team has planned a series of events in the suburbs surrounding the Swanbank Industrial Area, to answer your queries and provide updates on what’s being done to address nuisance odours in the area.

Community event details:

Redbank Plains—OAT pop-up stall – postponed – new date to be confirmed

Ripley—OAT pop-up stall – postponed – new date to be confirmed

Collingwood Park—OAT pop-up stall
When:  Saturday 26 September, 9am–5pm
Where: Collingwood Park Shopping Village, 157 Collingwood Drive, Collingwood Park

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.

Enforcement actions

Prosecution outcomes

On 18 September 2020, Bio-recycle Australia Pty Ltd was fined $300,000 for two offences of carrying out an environmentally relevant activity without an environmental authority (EA). Bio-recycle was receiving and disposing of more waste than it was licensed to across a three-year period from 2017 to 2019. Convictions were also recorded for the offences.

This is one of the highest penalties that has been imposed for a waste-related offence in Queensland’s history and sends a strong signal to anyone who is considering undertaking illegal waste activities or avoiding the waste levy.

Bio-Recycle was also ordered to pay $2,500 in legal costs and $1,984.20 in investigation costs. Bio-recycle holds an EA for its landfill in Swanbank to receive construction and demolition waste, which allows for waste disposal of more than 100,000 tonnes, but less than 200,000 tonnes per year. Bio-recycle exceeded this allowable threshold by unlawfully disposing of an additional 326,137.23 tonnes of waste between 2017 and 2019.

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.