A Marong industrial site at the centre of a long-running neighbourhood dispute has been fined for burning waste.
The Australian Cable Reel company, which makes and stores large wooden reels on Forest Drive on the edge of Marong has been fined $6000 for "failing to install basic environmental measures".
According to EPA North West acting manager Stephen Landsell, the company was issued a notice following complaints in December 2011 by a group of residents about noise and the burning of waste on the site.
"The company was not managing bunding which is containment around fuel and waste sources to protect the environment, and … one of the tanks was leaking, causing soil contamination," Mr Landsell said.
The noise complaint was passed to the Greater Bendigo council.
Val Murley, who lives behind the Cable Reel site, has been part of a group campaigning against the company for more than two years.
"It's supposed to be a storage unit, but he (owner Graeme Stanford) has made it into an industrial site," Mrs Murley said.
"We've gone to the planning minister and the environment minister but they say not enough people have complained."