Pisasale ramps up war on bad smell
THE issues of hideous smells and compliance will be front and centre of a summit called by Mayor Paul Pisasale with business and the Environmental Protection Agency in October.
Cr Pisasale said since September of 2012 Ipswich City Council had issued 75 fines to individuals and companies for breaching the conditions of their development approvals.
There is also the issue of the hundreds of odour complaints over the last five years concerning business activity at Swanbank. Other areas of the city also have issues in this regard.
"In October I am going to bring the EPA and all the industries - Candy Soil, NuGrow and those in the Swanbank area - and we are going to have a discussion," Cr Pisasale said.
"The theme will be how these industries can co-exist with the community without it impacting community lifestyle.
"As mayor, I can bring everybody in. There are many industries who are working with the community and with me, and I respect that.
"We have to go forward together, but I will not be compromised on DA (development application) conditions."
Cr Pisasale said that in response to community concerns about the odour in the Swanbank area, council officers had inspected numerous industrial sites to ensure development applications were being adhered to.
Council issued Swanbank-based Wood Mulching Industries (WMI) with an $11,000 fine for breaches of DA conditions yesterday.
The fine met with a heated response from company director Tyler North who told the QT his company would fight the fine.
But Cr Pisasale said he was not pinpointing Mr North or his company. He added that Ipswich City Council had not fined Wood Mulching Industries for smells.
"This is not a personal thing against WMI," he said.
"Tyler North sent me an email to meet with me, and I will meet him. I will meet with all of them.
"This is about all of them conforming to their planning conditions.
"But we cannot sit on our hands, because people are not making up this smell.
"Council has to react to the complaints.
"The (fines) we have issued show you that some people are not conforming to their conditions.
"I am happy to work with industries that are doing their best.
"When companies get development approvals from council the conditions are not 'hearsay' or 'make believe'. They are real conditions they need to fulfil to protect the community.
"The residents and business need to co-exist happily.
"You won't get a more pro-active mayor than me when it comes to development, so long as you do the right thing."
Cr Pisasale said council's inspections of various sites throughout the city would continue.
He added that it was not a witch hunt and that enforcement action was not taken against most companies but that Ipswich City Council worked with the companies to achieve compliance.