KORUMBURRA residents still smarting from the introduction of a planning control overlay around the Burra Foods milk factory have been hit by the double whammy of odour and pollution in the past few weeks.
At Easter time, it was a foul smelling odour that chased holiday weekend visitors away and then, on Wednesday March 22, more milk powder fell on houses and cars in the vicinity of the factory.
One local resident, Mark Olsen, who lives in Bourke Street, which is situated between the factory and the hospital, but outside the controversial buffer zone, is ticked off about the latest episode.
“It wasn’t as bad as the one in November but it was still bad enough, milk powder all over my car and the roof of the house.
“I kept the kids inside. They said it was alright but that’s my decision.
“We called the EPA and they said they would investigate and get back to us. They haven’t so far but I want to hear what they’ve got to say.
“It’s a worry. I’d like to know if it is going to affect my roof. I wouldn’t like to see it corroded in the next five years. Who’s going to fix that?”
Mr Olsen said the factory was supposed to have safeguards against further powder spills but they clearly weren’t working or Burra Foods wasn’t monitoring the situation.
Several people have also contacted the Sentinel-Times to complain about the odour over Easter, one person noting that it killed off plans for a family barbecue.
“We had some visitors from out of town but after half an hour, they said they couldn’t stay because of the smell,” said one of the callers.
At one of the regular meetings held by concerned Korumburra residents the issue of the smell and latest powder fallout was raised.
“They are supposed to have a shower-curtain dampener they can use in the event of a powder spill but they apparently didn’t use it,” said local resident, Les Guilfoyle.
“I’d like to know what safety systems they have in place and if they are ready to be deployed.”
Mr Guilfoyle said people were also concerned about the increased production at Burra Foods if they were successful in retaining the supply they picked up from former UDP suppliers.
“Perhaps that extra throughput has put pressure on their water treatment plant,” he said.
Meanwhile, the local community group has not yet had a response from the Planning Minister to their submission on opposition to the implementation of the planning buffer.