Dubbo burnout event 'toxic'

OBLEY Road resident Peter Neilson has accused organisers of a burnout festival at the Morris Park speedway for not procuring the proper approvals and has challenged the Dubbo City Council to follow up on the lack of protocol.

Mr Neilson, a chronic asthmatic, said his health had been dramatically impacted by the evening of burnouts and said a week after the event his health was still impacted.

He said several of his neighbours had also been impacted by the smoke and fumes from the event, which he described as toxic.

Mr Neilson said the event organisers had not properly provided noise and pollution reports to the council as part of seeking permission to run the event.

"They haven't followed protocol and I'd doubt if it wasn't illegal," Mr Neilson said.

"Hopefully after it was investigated, there will be prosecutions," he said.

The Dubbo City Council's manager of environmental control Debbie Archer said the council had received a pollution complaint with regard to an event at the Morris Park Speedway.

"Under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act, the council is the appropriate regulatory authority to investigate this incident," Ms Archer said.

"Investigations are under way, including a review of the relevant approvals required to hold the event.

"If an issue is identified, the council will work with the proponent to assist them address any such issues."

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