Smoke ignites woes

November 30, 2016

A smokey affair: Some are concerned the Shepparton Showgrounds are not suitable for SpringNats.

Environment Protection Authority Victoria received three reports regarding smoke and odour coming from SpringNats at the Shepparton Showgrounds last weekend.

EPA north-east manager Emma Knights said the EPA spoke to a community member and advised them to lodge a report with Greater Shepparton City Council as it was the permitting authority for the event and responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with the events management conditions.

‘‘EPA also confirmed with council that it had controls around odour, smoke and event hours in place,’’ Ms Knights said.

Greater Shepparton City Council economic development manager Geraldine Christou said council had received minimal feedback regarding SpringNats.

‘‘Feedback received related to time of the event as well as general comments about the impact the event has on the community, both positive and negative,’’ she said. ‘‘The feedback received will be discussed with event organisers as part of the event de-brief.’’

Members of the public should continue to report suspected pollution to EPA on 1300372842 (1300 EPA VIC) or at

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