Horrible odour is leaving Melbourne residents feeling nauseous and sick


How a ‘DISGUSTING’ odour is leaving residents of one of Australia’s biggest cities ‘nauseous, coughing and gagging’ – and they just can’t escape it

  • Residents in two Melbourne estates living with ‘disgusting’ odour from a tip 
  • Affecting thousands of residents in Brookland Greens and Botanic Ridge
  • Strong odour spreading from SBI Group’s Cranbourne landfill on Ballarto Road 
  • Concerned residents spoke with Jacqui Felgate on 3AW on Tuesday 
  • One mother said that the smell is leaving a ‘horrible taste in my mouth’
  • EPA will be at the local Woolworths on Friday to provide updates on the situation
  • They will also be hosting an online community forum on July 14

Residents in two areas of Melbourne are having to put up with a foul odour that’s causing them to feel physically ill.

Thousands of residents in Brookland Greens and Botanic Ridge estates in Cranbourne, in the city’s south-east, are being forced to live each day unable to go outside their homes without feeling sick. 

However, Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority is encouraging these people to go and see their GP if they have concerns about their health. 

Thousands of residents in Brookland Greens and Botanic Ridge estates in Cranbourne are being forced to live each day unable to go outside their homes without feeling sick

Thousands of residents in Brookland Greens and Botanic Ridge estates in Cranbourne are being forced to live each day unable to go outside their homes without feeling sick

This 'disgusting' smell, spreading from SBI Group's Cranbourne landfill on Ballarto Road (picture), has been plaguing the Botanic Ridge and Brookland Greens areas for years, but it's got significantly worse over the past few months

This ‘disgusting’ smell, spreading from SBI Group’s Cranbourne landfill on Ballarto Road (picture), has been plaguing the Botanic Ridge and Brookland Greens areas for years, but it’s got significantly worse over the past few months

This ‘disgusting’ smell, spreading from SBI Group’s Cranbourne landfill on Ballarto Road, has been plaguing the area for years, but it’s got significantly worse over the past few months. 

The EPA’s acting regional manager for the Southern Metro area, Steve Lansdell told Melbourne’s Radio 3AW, ‘we are doing absolutely everything we can to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.’

‘It can cause some short-term impacts but we do know as soon as that dissipates it can really help people get on with their lives,’ Mr Lansdell stated. 

Victoria's Environment Protection Authority is encouraging these people to go and see their GP if they have concerns about their health

Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority is encouraging these people to go and see their GP if they have concerns about their health

A mother with a five-week-old daughter, said this constant smell keeps her 'up all night, feeling nauseous, with headaches and feeling unwell' (pictured, Brookland Greens estate)

A mother with a five-week-old daughter, said this constant smell keeps her ‘up all night, feeling nauseous, with headaches and feeling unwell’ (pictured, Brookland Greens estate)

Many concerned residents called in on Tuesday to share their concerns with 3AW.  

A mother with a five-week-old daughter, said this constant smell keeps her ‘up all night, feeling nauseous, with headaches and feeling unwell.’

‘I’ve just packed up my things and her things and taken her down to my parents house two hours away…just so she can have some fresh air,’ the woman added. 

She said: ‘It’s quite frightening…and it is leaving a ‘horrible taste in my mouth.’ 

A second mother, Sally said: 'I am actually seven weeks pregnant and my biggest concern at the moment is the impact that this is having on my unborn baby' (pictured, Botanic Ridge estate)

A second mother, Sally said: ‘I am actually seven weeks pregnant and my biggest concern at the moment is the impact that this is having on my unborn baby’ (pictured, Botanic Ridge estate)

A second mother, Sally said: ‘I am actually seven weeks pregnant and my biggest concern at the moment is the impact that this is having on my unborn baby.’

‘They say what we are smelling isn’t bad in the short term, but it’s sort of starting to turn into a long-term issue…it’s happening everyday,’ she said.  

She added that this has caused her to vomit more than she had been previously. 

A third resident, Steven, who has a three and one-year-old, stated: ‘The smell is horrific, it is leaking into your house.’

‘We even have to decide which door we are going to let our dog out…so the ‘smell won’t get to our bedrooms, it is that bad.’

‘It is disgusting, we live not far from farmland and initially I just thought it was manure,’ he added. 

The residents received an email over the weekend after everyone in the estate reporting the smell. 

The residents received an email over the weekend after everyone in the estate reporting the smell (pictured, SBI Group's Cranbourne landfill on Ballarto Road)

The residents received an email over the weekend after everyone in the estate reporting the smell (pictured, SBI Group’s Cranbourne landfill on Ballarto Road)

Steven told 3AW: ‘They said we can’t smell anything, nah there’s nothing going on there and no harm to foul.’

‘Their machines must be broken, like it is disgusting.’

While a fourth resident, Jenny, who’s lived in the area for seven to eight years, said it ‘originally is smells like a rotten egg, hydrogen sulfide type of smell, other times it smells like it’s mixed with other gases.’

‘We just can’t shut the windows and escape it and hide inside cause within two hours or so, the whole house is smelling like it.’       

Members of the EPA will be at the local Woolworths again on Friday to provide updates on the situation.

They will also be hosting an online community forum on July 14.

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