Blythe River

Burnie City Council has responded to recent reports of sludge entering the Blythe River and advised that it is working with a property occupier in Minna Road and with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency Tasmania to resolve the issue.

General Manager, Andrew Wardlaw, said that Council had first been made of aware of an issue of run-off of canola oil from the Minna Road property in July 2016 by the EPA. Work was undertaken by the property occupier to stop the run-off occurring.

“At the time the works appeared to be successful. However, a further complaint was received by the EPA in late July 2017, and a site visit by Council and EPA officers identified that the issue had reoccurred.”

“Further work is now proceeding to stop run-off into the river, and is expected to be completed in the next week.”

Mr Wardlaw said that the run-off was a legacy issue from a previous operator on the site. However, the current owner has been working with Council and the EPA to undertake the work required to ensure the run-off stops.

“While the canola oil is non-toxic, it does create an odour and may have an impact on the environment.”

Mayor Anita Dow said Council wants to reassure residents that it is well aware of its duty to protect the health, safety and amenity of its community and the environment, and that it does respond to any matter which presents a risk.

“However, in order to ensure any response is both lawful and effective, it must act within the scope of its available powers and in accordance with relevant guidelines.”

For further information please contact

Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728