FUMES escaping Moyne Shire Council's Macarthur Depot are affecting residents, forcing the council to investigate relocating infrastructure.
Resident Christaine Marchant bought a house near the depot in 2018, but has since experienced health problems from fumes coming from a bitumen heater opposite her residence.
Ms Marchant had a brain operation before moving to Macarthur and suffered light headaches, but said the fumes exacerbated her condition and affected her balance.
"We can't open the doors or the windows, because we are directly opposite the site, and when there's no wind it makes it hard to breathe," she said.
"Sometimes the smell is light, sometimes it's really heavy, but it's always there.
"It's more like a sweet rotten egg, like sulphur, but of late it's been more like exhaust fumes."
Moyne Shire councillors voted at Tuesday's council meeting for a higher fence to dissipate the fumes, while the council will investigate relying on it's Mortlake heater or moving the Macarthur heater.
The council's physical services director Trev Greenberger told the meeting that the council had taken the issue seriously, but the heater couldn't simply be removed.
"It allows for product that's not used during road making to then be stored at the depot and then used at another time," he said.
"If we couldn't store it, then we'd have to truck it back to Melbourne where it came from."
The council commissioned a report that concluded the risks of the fumes to workers and the public were "low".
Mr Greenberger confirmed that the depot's infrastructure had malfunctioned on four occasions this year, including during an incident in June when 5000 litres of a liquid spilled from the emulsion tank.
"We are current assessing other sites we may be able to relocate some of the depot infrastructure. That is going to take some time and come at some expense," Mr Greenberger said.
Ms Marchant said she was pleased with the outcome of the meeting.
"I know that my neighbours have been complaining for years," she said.
"I love the house. Macarthur is a great town, it has a lot of friendly people, I don't want to leave. From what I can see now it looks like it will be resolved."
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