Big Burger Shack owner Michael Duggan fears he will have to shut his store over Christmas as an overpowering stench has invaded the shop this week.
Big Burger Shack owner Michael Duggan fears he will have to shut his store over Christmas as an overpowering stench has invaded the shop this week.

Stench takes over takeaway store

THE OWNERS of a popular Maryborough takeaway shop say they feel they have no other choice but to close up over Christmas because of a “horrendous” stench lingering in the neighbourhood.

Michael Duggan, owner of the Big Burger Shack on Saltwater Creek Road, said the “eye-watering” odour, that smelled like diesel and sewage, had “flooded the store” every night this week.

Yesterday it had become so bad he believed preparing food in the kitchen was a public health risk and shut up shop.

“It’s a really strong smell that brings tears to the eyes,” he said.

“To me it appears diesel is somehow going into the sewer system and is venting into the shop, our house two doors down and the surrounding area.

“I don’t know where it’s coming from but last night it was really bad. Customers were saying they could smell it over the cookers and it was so strong at home I couldn’t even walk into my own toilet.

“It makes you sick ... the back of my throat is still burning.”

Mr Duggan said firefighters had tested the area for a gas leak and Wide Bay Water had looked into the issue but “basically no one can work it out”.

“What it sounds like at this point is that there’s been some sort of incident where something has entered the sewer that shouldn’t have,” said Wide Bay Water spokesperson Christina Maynes.

“If that’s the case, Wide Bay Water will deal with it the best we can.”

Staff was unable to find any traces of fuel in the sewage yesterday.

Mr Duggan was concerned the issue could take up to two months to fix and he and his wife now had a new location in mind for their store.

“You just can’t prepare food in this environment.

“It’s disappointing we’re going to miss out on Christmas trade but our customers’ health is more important to us than money.”



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