Beverley McArthur MP

Member for Western Victoria Region

Media Statement


Lake Victoria on the Nose


The Member for Western Victoria Region, Bev McArthur has written to The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, to request action regarding the unacceptable odour disturbing residents in Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff.

A foul smell has been emanating from Lake Victoria as a result of the naturally occurring release of hydrogen sulphide from lake sediment, which has caused local residents to relay their concerns to the Point Lonsdale Civic Association (PLCA). The PLCA wrote to the City of Greater Geelong and the Borough of Queenscliffe seeking action to address the issue causing considerable distress in the local area. The two Councils reported that the odour was not toxic.

Mrs McArthur has asked the Minister: “What strategies are the EPA or Parks Victoria intending to implement to ensure the disturbing odour dissipates?”

She asked whether “constituents have to rely on rain to dissipate the smells, or will these agencies be proactive in providing immediate action to solve the issue?”

“Surely these agencies, which receive an approximate combined annual funding of $280m from the State government, are capable of relieving Victorians of odorous disturbance rather than relying on the elements and meteorological predictions?”

15 May 2019

Contact: Bev McArthur MP 0418 593 169