Federal Member for Kennedy Hon Bob Katter says he’s mighty impressed with a green project underway in the Cloncurry region that makes the most of well, all sorts of things.
Mr Katter met with Cloncurry Mayor Greg Campbell this week to push the next stage of the promising biofuels trial which sees treated sewage water used to irrigate the paddock of crops that can be processed for biofuels.
The current trial site features a number of small test crops to determine what can be successfully grown from the treated sewerage water and including sorghum, soy beans, sun hemp and leucaena, and analyses how the crop reacts to the harsh climate of Western Queensland.
Stage two will include a trial plot for the bigger irrigation scheme.
Mr Katter said he’s impressed by the pro-action of the Cloncurry Council in getting the project off the ground.
“We are really quite astounded at what Mayor Greg Campbell and the Cloncurry Council are achieving. They’re not talking; they’re just getting out there and doing it. Stage two of their development will be a trial plot for the bigger irrigation scheme.”
Mayor Greg Campbell shares Mr Katter’s enthusiasm for the project and the flow-on impact it has on other areas.
“The biofuel trial using the treated water had many aims, one was to find a commercial use for the water, which could be used to offset the ongoing costs of the operation of the sewage plant, and we also were in the process of bringing the plant into compliance which it hasn’t been for many years; and irrigation is one of the requirements.”
“From research biofuel is a potential industry well supported by QLD State Government and their departments as well as being a key industry of the future. However, to enable the scale of production to be great enough to support a biofuel plant, agriculture is the key, so we must get it going first and hence why creating water storage along the Cloncurry river, and a mosaic of irrigation blocks is critical to achieve the long term aim of the scale that’s required.”