Kim and Kevin Oxley from Flaxton are furious about the smell coming from their neighbour's farm caused by chicken manure.
Kim and Kevin Oxley from Flaxton are furious about the smell coming from their neighbour's farm caused by chicken manure. Iain Curry

Chook poo has Flaxton residents up in a stink

COUNTRY air has been known to have a certain desirable aroma to it, but the smell coming from a Flaxton property is on the nose.

Residents in the hinterland town have been complaining about the stench coming from an acreage where chicken manure has been used as a fertiliser.

The smell is so pervasive that some residents like Kim Oxwell have locked themselves indoors and have even tried using sheets under doorways to keep the odour out.

It hasn't helped.

"The manure was put down about three weeks ago and depending on the blow of the wind it can be horrendous," Mrs Oxley said.

"We put sheets under the door to stop the smell getting in the house, but it is useless."

Elderly resident Noel Lee has been in hospital twice with severe respiratory problems since the chook poo was put down.

His wife, Joy, said doctors were investigating whether his poor health was linked to the manure.

"I don't want to bring him home while it still smells," she said.

"He is okay (in hospital), but when he comes home he gets it again.

"People on the other side of town say the smell is terrible.

"We can't go on our veranda for more morning coffee it is so bad. We have lived here for 23 years and have never had this problem before."

Another resident in a different street said that when the wind blew a certain direction the whole town smelt.

"There is no excuse to use chook manure in this fashion," he said

"There are many non-odorous solutions to fertilisation."

Mrs Oxley has contacted the Sunshine Coast Council, which is investigating.

Several neighbours have approached the acreage owner to talk about the smell, with little success.

"He said to me he was in a rural zone and could do it and suggested I should talk to the media as I would be playing into his hands as he wants to subdivide the land and this will put pressure on the council," Mrs Oxley said.

Mrs Lee said the neighbour's wife had said her husband was working hard to fix the problem.

The Daily's numerous calls to the land owner have not been returned.



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