Advice from Council’s Development Assessment Team is that 102 Evans Road, Salisbury is zoned General Industry B under the current City Plan. This zoning is designed to accommodate low and medium industry as defined in the City Plan. The original approval under the previous City Plan 1987 was zoned General Industry.
EGR operate from two addresses:
102 Evans Rd, Salisbury - This site is regulated by Qld Government, Department of Environment & Science (DES).
Activities on this site include:
• Very large spray painting operation (spray painting onto plastic products)
84 Evans Rd, Salisbury (this includes several buildings in Standish Street). This site is regulated by Brisbane City Council.
Activities on this site include:
• Plastic thermoforming (moulding plastic using heat)
• Some fibre glassing
• Small plant similar to galvanising
• R&D laboratory
From a period of March 2014 until present Council has received over 100 complaints about a ‘cat urine’ and other chemical odours in the Salisbury and Moorooka suburbs. Council officers investigated this matter on numerous occasions. Much of the investigations had been focussed on EGR (Oakmore Pty Ltd), a plastic manufacturing company.
Following extensive investigations and observations Council issued an Environmental Investigations Notice on 29 July 2014 requiring EGR to conduct an Environmental Investigation in relation to odour nuisance from the EGR facility at 102 Evans Road.
An Environmental Report was provided to Council from EGR on 19 November 2014 noting solvent odour plumes associated with the activities; and the exceedance of appropriate odour criterion at residence ~900m from the facility.
On 17 December 2014 Council provided advice to EGR that they required EGR to submit a Transitional Environmental Program (TEP) to prevent further unlawful environmental harm. This was submitted by EGR on 23 January 2015 and approved on 13 February 2015.
On 31 March 2015, EGR complied with the three requirements of the TEP, as detailed below:
- Discontinue use of the water scrubber on the laminated boards paint line. This was achieved prior to formal submission of the TEP.
- Discontinue laminate boards spray painting at Salisbury. The compliance date on the TEP was 31 March 2015 “subject to on-time delivery and installation and commissioning…”. This was achieved on 10 April 2015.
- Install strobic fan. The compliance date on the TEP was 31 March 2015 “subject to on-time delivery and installation and commissioning…”. This was achieved on 2 April 2015.
Since the maintenance and works occurred on the water tanks at EGR there has been approximately a 90% decrease in the number of complaints received at Council. From April 2015, odour complaints have been sporadic.
Where to Direct Complaints
Up until 19 December 2017, EGR held an Environmental Authority with Brisbane City Council for ERA 12 (Plastic Product Manufacturing) under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 for both of the above sites.
On 19 December 2017, an Environmental Authority (REF # BRID0050) for ERA 38 (Surface coating) & ERA 12 (Plastic Product Manufacturing) was issued by Department of Environment & Science (DES) to EGR for the activities at 102 Evans Rd, Salisbury. The reason for this is EGR increased the amount of spray painting materials used on this site and as a result, passed a threshold under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 whereby DES became the administrating authority.
Brisbane City Council continues to administer ERA 12 (Plastic Product Manufacturing) at 84 Evans Rd, Salisbury.
The incident that occurred on Friday 12 October 2018 was attributed to 102 Evans Rd, Salisbury, with the cause being a water scrubber on site that required cleaning (the water scrubber is used as a spray-painting filter system on site). This is the DES regulated site.
Brisbane City Council received 27 complaints since the incident on 12 October 2018. All complaints were referred to DES for further investigation.
In summary, Brisbane City Council regulates the environmental impacts from 84 Evans Rd, Salisbury and the Department of Environment & Science regulates the environmental impacts from 102 Evans Rd, Salisbury.
DES have advised Council, complainants are to contact them on 1300 130 372 and quote the reference # CR86114 for any further issues with this site.