Welcome to St Clair but mind the putrid smell

Picture: Mike SeaLONG-SUFFERING residents are waiting for the lingering smell problem to be resolved.
Nanjing Night Net

The Environmental Protection Authority insists it’s on the case with six early-morning odour surveys in and around Eastern Creek, St Clair and Erskine Park since June 25.

But residents, including Penrith mayor Greg Davies (pictured), are fed up with their suburbs smelling like rotten garbage night after night. Cr Davies is adamant it’s from the Eastern Creek landfill.

Eastern Creek landfill operator Waste Assets Management Corporation is the only organisation to be fined $1500 since April.

“It’s really annoying that nothing is happening,” the St Clair resident said.

“No one seems to be fair dinkim about it. I have no doubt whatsoever it’s the landfill. It’s the same putrid smell when you drive past it.”

Cr Davies challenged state Environment Minister Robyn Parker and EPA bureaucrats to experience first-hand what residents have lived with for 12 months.

“Get off your backsides and spend a few nights out here, then do something,” he said.

Erskine Park’s John Lemaire may also step up his campaign after the smell returned worse than ever for three hours on the night of July 6 before it suddenly disappeared.

He has written to Penrith Council, the EPA, the minister and his state MP for answers.

“I’m not being radical; all I want is something done,” Mr Lemaire said.

Of 53 complaints to the EPA since June 20, 24 identified Eastern Creek landfill as the potential source.

“We share the community’s frustration but odours are notoriously difficult to pinpoint because they can be weather dependent and variable,” an EPA spokeswoman said.

Residents are urged report odours to the 24-hour Environment Line, 131 555.

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