Wheatbelt to profit from Commonwealth funding for Integrated Wood Processing plant
Posted on Wednesday, 24 March 2004
Narrogin’s environmentally-friendly Integrated Wood Processing pilot plant will receive $440,000 in Federal funding, announced today.
Western Power will receive $440,000 under the Commonwealth Government Regional Partnerships scheme for the distillation component of the nearly completed project.
A $1 million agreement from the Australian Greenhouse Office for the gasifier component was contingent on the $440,000 being approved. Confirmation on the $1 million is expected. Essentially the corporation is nearing its target of $2 million, which it was required to meet for work to recommence.
Since visiting the plant late last year, Member for Pearce Judi Moylan, has been working towards securing the Regional Partnerships grant and was delighted with today’s announcement.
“People across the Wheatbelt will benefit from this funding,” Ms Moylan said.
“It has enormous potential for regional growth in the Wheatbelt and will provide direct and indirect benefits to tree growers, small businesses, tourism and the environment.
“The community has worked hard to get the project up and running and its success is important to the region. I congratulate the Upper Great Southern Oil Mallee Growers Association Chairman, Lex Hardie, Upper Great Southern Oil Mallee Growers Association Regional Manager, David McFall, Terry Waldron, the Member for Wagin, and the community for their hard work.”
Upper Great Southern Oil Mallee Growers Association Regional Manager, David McFall , said this was exciting news for the region.
“This is a great step forward for the project,” Mr McFall said.
“Commercialising a dry land tree crop like the oil mallee is critical if we are to achieve the scale of revegetation required on cleared agricultural land, in order to abate salinity and other environmental concerns. The IWP Project will also deliver exciting prospects for regional, new industry investment and employment.”
“Strategically this (funding) was critical to progress the project and leaves an achievable funding ‘gap’ of $600,000.
“… in the broader interests of the project and salinity investment I call on the WA Government to meet this shortfall so we can recommence final construction and ‘proof of concept’ commissioning.”
Ms Moylan said the opportunities were far-reaching, including employment opportunities both with construction and daily operations and it was environmentally positive.