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.

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, the department 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, the department 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 a verification inspection at the Steggles premises. The inspection verified that the infrastructure upgrades required by the department 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. 

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

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

On the 21 February 2020, Inghams submitted a plan to the department detailing the proposed works and an expected completion date of 4 November 2020. On 26 November 2020, the department conducted a verification inspection at the Inghams premises. The inspection verified that the installation of new ventilation and extraction fans has been successful in establishing negative pressure within the bird shed. Inghams is operating in compliance with the licence. 

The inspection, and recent complaint data received by the department, indicate that the upgrades to ventilation equipment have been successful in reducing the emission of odours characterised by birds, feathers and meat (the primary odour characteristics identified by complainants). 

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The department continues to monitor complaints received for the Osborne Park area to verify the source of current odour events. The department encourages any odour event in the Osborne Park area be reported to Pollution Watch online or via the Pollution Watch hotline - 1300 784 782. 

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Page reviewed 19 March 2021