At a somewhat-tense community round table event on Thursday night, residents of Miners Rest had the opportunity to air their grievances and ask questions about the new saleyards.
Representatives from the Environmental Protection Authority, the Central Victorian Livestock Exchange (CVLX) and City of Ballarat were present at the Ballarat Turf Club for the meeting.
But the main question on residents' minds remains the same: when will the offensive odour pervading parts of the township go away?
The roundtable came not long after the EPA announced it had revoked a pollution abatement notice on the Miners Rest saleyards on Wednesday, after more than 30 tests over two months.
The EPA had called on the CVLX to undertake dry cleaning every couple of days as stated in the site plan, rather than using water to wash concrete, to reduce the offensive odours reaching nearby residential areas.
Miners Rest resident Amy Oellering said she just wanted to be believed when she said the stench from the saleyards made her backyard smell "like a sheep shed".
"I think it's having an impact on mental health of the residents that live close to it, and have to put up with the smell all the time," she said.
"This used to be a really tight-knit community, but the township is changing, with all the fighting."
EPA South West region manager Carolyn Francis said there's "more to be done" in dealing with Miners Rest community concerns earlier this week.
On Thursday night, representatives from the EPA faced a torrent of questions from the local community.
Promising that monitoring of the site will continue, EPA workers said they were looking into the current source of the unpleasant stench, but as commissioning of the saleyards continues over 12 months, CVLX processes will need to improve.
But resident Ralph Bleicher said the reality is simple: "if you have 20,000 sheep in a paddock, it's going to smell".
Garry Edwards is the managing director of AAM Investment Group, which manages the CVLX. He said the evening was "done in an informal manner, to promote discussion".
He said the company had employed an independent body, indefinitely, to carry out checks of the site in relation to the smell.
"We were having to use water, because the original cleaning equipment was not cleaning to the level that was required," he said. "We've fixed it to the best of our ability at the moment, but there's a number of things we're going to continue to refine.
"I'm not sure here tonight we'll make everyone satisfied, but I hope the majority of people see that there's been substantial improvements."