Mystery as quiet suburb begins to stink like a 'dead body'

Mystery as quiet suburb begins to stink like a ‘dead body’ and no one knows why

  • The smell was reported by residents at the Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village 
  • They said their town of Condon in Queensland smelt like a ‘dead body’ for weeks 
  • Townsville City Council have said the origins of the foul odour remain unknown 

A quiet suburb has been plagued with a foul smell for the past few weeks which has been compared to the odour of a dead body.

The smell was reported by residents at the Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village in the Townsville suburb of Condon, Queensland. 

Some residents compared the smell to that of a dead body while others think it smells like raw sewage. 

The origins of the mysterious odour are unknown but residents theorised there may be a fault at nearby sewage substation.

However Townsville City Council said there were no leakages found. 

The smell was reported by residents at the Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village in the Townsville suburb of Condon, Queensland (pictured)

One resident from the village, Jeff Williams, 71, claimed the local council has done nothing to address the odour. 

‘It smells like a dead body …. we’ve been smelling it for weeks, I’m surprised council haven’t done something about it,’ Mr Williams told the Townsville Bulletin.  

He said he has woken up at night and the smell made him want to vomit. 

There have been problems in the past with foul smells coming from a nearby chicken farm but Mr Williams said this odour was much worse. 

‘I disagree that the smell is that of a chicken farm, it’s been around for 10 to 11 years and I’ve smelt it, it’s unpleasant, but not quite dead body unpleasant,’ he said. 

Some residents compared the smell to that of a dead body while others think it smells like raw sewage (pictured: the suburb of Condon)

A Townsville City Council spokesperson said they have not received complaints about a sewerage leak but did receive a complaint about a smell coming from the suburbs wastewater treatment plant. 

‘As a result, council implemented odour measurement and monitoring in the immediate area, however this has found no discernible levels of odour,’ the spokesperson said. 

The council said they will monitor potential sources of the odour which are positioned closer to properties.  

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