Chooks on the nose at Sunrise


SUNNYBRAND Chickens at Byron Bay has come under attack from nearby Sunrise Beach residents.

The residents are complaining about the smells from the chicken processing plant on Ewingsdale Road.

The concerned residents are operating under the name of FFFOO (Freedom From Fowl Odour. Org).

They held a public meeting last week to discuss the issue.

Yesterday Sunnybrand general manager Andrew Young said every attempt was being made by his company to eliminate the odour problem.

He said an official odour audit would be conducted in June.

"We are mindful of the odours associated with processing chickens.

"And are making every attempt to comply with the conditions of the licence issued to us by the Environ- ment Protection Authority," Mr Young said.

"This licence has been conditioned to ensure we obtain an odour audit covering the sources of odour, remedial action, and a time frame for implementation of the recommended remedial action.

"This odour audit will be in the hands of the EPA by June 17.

"Further, we have a development application approval in place to upgrade our waste water treatment plant.

"This upgrade will, we believe, reduce the odour level.

"Sunnybrand will be doing all in its power to act under the terms of our licence with the EPA to complete these works by Decem- ber 31."

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