How bad is the smell from the paper mills in Traralgon?
I am moving to Traralgon in a couple of months from the UK. I keep reading about this "smell" from paper mills. Is it really bad or is it a thing of the past? Any advice on the areas I should look for (for renting)? Thanks .. RjThe opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of Homely.com.au. Report
The smell from the paper mill is a constant problem. It smells like sulphur dioxide or rotten eggs. The dioxins, white and black liquor and other toxic chemicals all blow down wind onto Traralgon as well as seep into the water table in the area. The chemicals are known carcinogens and I wouldn't like to risk living there.
As far as renting is concerned, Morwell township is more realistically priced, easier to get around, no smell except for probably twice per year when the wind blows ubusually from the wrong direction. The beuty of Morwell is its geographically central to everything in the Latrabe Valley. All the schools are the same if you have kids, all three towns (Moe Morwell and Traralgon have reasonable restaurants and shops. Traralgon is very congested cramped into a small area, high crime rate because of the generally high unemployment rate, floods during winter and spring and yes, that smell.
why_me Jan 27, 2018
I used to live west end of Traralgon and yes had the paper mill smell (and used to give me headaches) it was terrible some days (fortunately not all the time). I am also originally from the UK. I would not have moved to Australia to live in Traralgon, we moved over to Queensland originally but husband found his ideal work in the valley. Personally if I were you I would move to another area of the UK instead! The valley has some nice places but the 45 day mine fire was terrible and living in Morwell well no way it was a lot worse for them right on top of the open mine and the next town Moe not great either. Morwell even more rundown last time I ventured there than Traralgon. The whole area has gone downhill fast, wasn't too bad when we arrived 6 years ago. Shame really as most of the people in the valley are so nice, friendly and deserve better. My daughter was born there and has sensory issues that I am sure came from the fact we lived there under the cloud air of pollution ;(
I have lived in Morwell and we could smell the paper mill there...it smells like rotten farts...but only at certain parts of the day...i think around 3pm each day you could smell it...