Stench traced to bundles of manure at dairy farm

THE recent smell around St Marys-Mount Druitt has been traced to a dairy farm at Berkshire Park, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) says.

The Star has been inundated by reader comments regarding a strong manure-type smell.

"It hit South St Marys two days in a row last week — like baking manure," Andrew Dickinson posted on our Facebook page.

Sarah A Ebejer added: "I can smell it in Mt Druitt."

An EPA spokeswoman said it had had a rise of complaints on the hotline and has traced the odour to the farm where bundles of manure were delivered.

"It's not something that it is EPA regulated so this is a council matter," she said. She said the council responsible was Blacktown, which referred our query to Penrith Council, which is still trying to pinpoint the site.

"We're continuing our investigations as it may be coming from Marsden Park," a Penrith Council spokesman said.

"But we've had two or three complaints in Berkshire Park about a smell of blood and bone in the area."

Earlier this year, foul odours affected Eastern Creek, St Clair and Erskine Park. Fines were issued to three waste and recycling facilities. An independent audit into that stench is continuing.

"Complaints from those affected areas have reduced significantly," the spokeswoman said.

St Clair residents are still complaining about the odour but parts of Erskine Park have not copped the smell since EPA fined the three facilities. The last time resident John Lemaire complained to the hotline was two months ago.

EPA Hotline: 131 555.

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