Osborne Park Odours

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has received odour complaints from the Osborne Park community. These odours have been traced to Bartter Enterprises Pty Ltd (Steggles) and Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd (Inghams) premises in Osborne Park.
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Bartter Enterprises Pty Ltd (Steggles)

Steggles operate under licence L7475/2000/9 for Category 15 – abattoir, for its premises at 116 Howe Street, Osborne Park.

On 27 May 2019, DWER conducted an inspection at the premises. The inspection identified that an unreasonable odour was being emitted from the premises under certain wind conditions, impacting the amenity of neighbouring businesses. Throughout 2019, DWER undertook several odour assessments at the Steggles premises to identify the source of odour. It was agreed that full enclosure of the live bird shed would be the most effective and appropriate method of reducing fugitive emissions from the premises. 

On 26 November 2020, DWER conducted an inspection at the Steggles premises. The inspection verified that the infrastructure upgrades required by DWER had been completed, with installation of two rapid open-close roller doors to fully enclose the bird shed. The doors operate automatically when vehicles arrive and remain open for six seconds before closing.

In addition to the required upgrades, the ‘scald stack’ (an emission pathway from the scalding room to the atmosphere) has also been diverted to the live bird area to further reduce fugitive emissions. 

DWER has noted a reduction in odour complaints attributable to the Steggles premises. 

DWER is currently monitoring complaints received for the Osborne Park area to verify the source of current odour events. DWER encourages any odour event in the Osborne Park area be reported to Pollution Watch using the modified form below, to assist DWER in identifying and regulating premises emitting unreasonable odours. 

Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd 

Inghams operates under licence L7477/2001/9 for Category 15 – abattoir, for its premises at 9 Baden Street, Osborne Park.

On 2 September 2019, DWER conducted an inspection at the premises. The inspection identified that odour controls at the site were not compliant with the requirements of the licence. DWER required Inghams to undertake infrastructure upgrades to comply with the requirements to maintain the live bird shed under negative pressure. 

In 2020, Inghams upgraded the odour control infrastructure at the premises, however due to ongoing complaints, in January 2021, DWER inspected the premises and concluded that the required upgrades, including negative pressure containment, had not been implemented effectively and were insufficient to control odour emissions. 

At DWER’s request, Inghams employed a consultant to identify the source of odour emissions and prepare an Improvement Plan to address odour impacts.  DWER was not satisfied with the Improvement Plan proposed by Inghams, and in May 2021 engaged its own odour expert to review the Improvement Plan and to undertake a joint inspection of the premises. This inspection confirmed, among other things, that infrastructure remained insufficient to control odour emissions and identified areas of odour emission.

The on-site wastewater treatment plant was identified as a key odour emission source. Following consultation with Inghams, in August 2022 DWER received a works approval application for the replacement of the wastewater treatment plant. Public consultation on the application has now closed and DWER is completing its assessment. If approved and implemented, the upgraded wastewater treatment plant is expected to assist in controlling odour emissions.

What’s happening now?

Investigation of odour impacts

Environmental Protection Notice

DWER considers that in addition to upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, further infrastructure improvements are required at Ingham’s to ensure odour emissions are sufficiently controlled.  

As a result of unreasonable odour emissions from Inghams interfering with the health, welfare, convenience, comfort or amenity of persons in the community, on 28 November 2022, DWER issued Ingham with an Environmental Protection Notice (EPN).

The EPN requires the immediate implementation of standard housekeeping and maintenance measures to mitigate a number of smaller odour sources. The EPN also includes requirements for more significant odour sources to be addressed through infrastructure upgrades to prevent odour emissions being detected beyond the site boundary. DWER has set a completion date of July 2023 for these upgrades, taking into account the time required to design, secure approval for and undertake the upgrade works.  

DWER will continue to monitor progress and compliance with the EPN as works progress.

A copy of the full EPN can be found on the Environmental enforcement webpage.

Investigation of odour impacts

DWER is continuing to investigate historical odour impacts on the community. At the conclusion of this investigation, a decision will be made on whether any regulatory action will be undertaken in accordance with DWER’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

DWER will continue to monitor complaints received for the Osborne Park area to verify the source of odour and to understand the effectiveness of the EPN requirements. Members of the community are encouraged to report any odour in the Osborne Park area to Pollution Watch online or via the Pollution Watch hotline - 1300 784 782.

More information

DWER will update this page as new information comes to hand.