Creek ‘smells toxic’ after fire
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Does this creek look clear to you?: Fisherman Aaron Horne still had concerns about South Creek when he checked out the waterway in Dunheved on Saturday. Picture: Helen NezdropaSOUTH Creek fishers remain unconvinced about the state of the waterway despite assurances it has returned to normal, three weeks after being contaminated by run-off from a factory fire.
Last Thursday, South Creek Bass Club member Aaron Horne posted a video on the club’s Facebook page of a Dunheved drain with a small continual flow, claiming it “looks and smells toxic.”
It was filmed near the site of the January 17 fire.
“I just clearly want you to understand: Dunheved Circuit, drainage system, pipe, creek — flowing with liquid that doesn’t appear to be water,” he says in the video.
“And this is three weeks after a fish kill that councils are saying was nothing, from a fire related to this Dunheved Circuit.”
A Penrith Council spokesman said results revealed the creek was back to its normal condition.
“There are no further concerns for downstream users,” he said.
But Mr Horne doubts it.
“All I want is for Penrith Council to acknowledge there’s a problem,” the Riverstone resident told the Star.
“If they don’t, this is going to happen again. This is visual toxic waste that smells. Fish are still dying. Along the banks are decomposed, rotting fish.”
Mr Horne was seriously ill with Ross River fever-like symptoms and down to 57 kilograms after a similar fire contaminated the creek a year ago.
“Everyone thought I was going to die, including me,” he said.
“If Penrith Council doesn’t think contamination of the creek affects people’s health, I’ve got the medical records to prove otherwise.”
The council was contacted regarding Mr Horne’s video but didn’t respond before deadline.
Mr Horne says he has been “blown away” by the community response backing his claims.
“I can’t understand why the council doesn’t think it’s a serious problem.
“I’ve had university students who tested the creek contact me to say the council is wrong. The toxins are still there. There’s no way it’s all been flushed out.
“Instead of only testing at Eighth Avenue and St Marys Road, council should also be testing at Richmond Road and the boat ramp at Windsor.”
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) didn’t answer the Star’s questions, referring us back to Penrith Council’s previous comments reported last week.
Mr Horne made this desperate plea to the authorities: “Own up; take responsibility and fix the problem.”
Fellow club member Dale Ward believes there’s still blackwater in the creek.
“All we want is the creek to be fixed so we can fish there again,” he said.
Any concerns, contact the EPA on 131 555.
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