Dunder pongs for Moranbah locals

Camille Mead was worried about her children Mitchell and Jake playing outside in the gassy smell.
Camille Mead was worried about her children Mitchell and Jake playing outside in the gassy smell.

AN awful smell has been plaguing the town of Moranbah for the past two weeks, leaving residents concerned about what exactly they are breathing in.

Camille Mead described the smell as “a mix between gas and fertiliser” but even after calling the Isaac Regional Council twice, still had no idea where the odour was coming from.

The mother-of-two, who was also expecting another baby, said she was worried about her children playing outside in the “horrific” smell.

“There were rumours going around that it was from fertiliser or from the earthquake,” she said.

“It comes and goes as the breeze picks up.”

Having just moved to the area from Western Australia, Camille said she couldn’t say where she thought the smell originated from because she was unsure of farming practices in the area.

“The most concerning thing is that no one can tell you what it is,” she said.

“Who is monitoring it? I just think it’s crazy that there’s no one who has a clue where it’s coming from.”

People have even been airing their frustrations and thoughts on the smell on the Facebook page Moranbah Buy/Swap/Sell.

“A lot of people are saying it smells like dunder,” Camille said.

“The smell has been so strong it’s sickening.”

An Isaac Regional Council spokesman said council had received a number of inquiries from members of the public regarding the foul odour.

He said council had now located where the smell was coming from and that it had subsided considerably over the past few days.

“It came from agricultural areas surrounding Moranbah and revegetation projects on mining leases,” he said.

“It was found to be dunder, a waste from alcohol distilling which contains high quantities of nitrogen and phosphorus.”

The spokesman said residents should not be concerned about breathing in the gassy smell of the fertiliser as it was harmless.

“Although it has a strong odour it is of no harm to human health,” he said.

“No licence is required to use the fertiliser.”

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