Future Earth in spotlight for Science Week

Residents will learn about sustainability science from Burdekin industry leaders and tour a working algae farm, as part of Science Week activities in the Burdekin next week.

Burdekin Library will celebrate Science Week 2017 (12-20 August) by shining a spotlight on some of the Burdekin’s major industry organisations and how they are using sustainability science to address key global challenges.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said in keeping with the Science Week 2017 theme of Future Earth, Burdekin Library in Ayr would host a Brain Break Morning Tea from 10am to 11.30am next Wednesday 16 August, featuring informative presentations by representatives of Wilmar Sugar and MBD Energy.

“National Science Week is an annual celebration of science in Australia and a chance to highlight how sustainability science is being put into practice by a number of industry organisations in the Burdekin,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“As part of the Brain Break Morning Tea, we will welcome Wilmar Sugar’s Peter Larsen, who will speak on the topic of Mill Mud.

“MBD Energy’s Arnold Mangott will also present on the Ayr Algae Farm, a $13 million micro algae cultivation facility which is producing natural Astaxanthin.

“Astaxanthin is a valuable pigment nutrient used as a human dietary supplement and in feed to naturally colour and add nutritional value to farmed salmon, prawns and poultry eggs. It is used in place of less nutritious synthetic Astaxanthin, made from petrochemicals.”

MBD Energy will run two tours to the Ayr Algae Farm following the morning tea, departing from Burdekin Library, Ayr at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Bookings for the tour are essential and can be made by contacting Burdekin Library on (07) 4783 9970.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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