The launch of the MBD Astaxanthin project in Ayr has been welcomed by Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin.
Cr McLaughlin said the project was a great addition to the growing economic diversity of the shire.
“Council officers have been working closely with MBD to help bring this project to the Burdekin and I am very pleased to see it come to fruition,” she said.
“The $7 million first stage will see about 50 local contractors employed to build the algae raceways and employ 20 full-time staff when fully operational.
“We welcome the additional jobs it is creating as well as the economic boost it will provide to our region.
“The Burdekin may well be known for having the biggest and best sugar cane, but with this project and the nearby award-winning Pacific Reef Fisheries we may well also become known as the aquaculture capital of North Queensland.”