The Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) and Burdekin Shire Council will be hosting the ‘Growing Renewable Fuels in Regional Queensland – Project Development and Opportunities in the North’ on Thursday 28th June in Ayr. The event is part of QRFA’s ‘paddock to parliament’ engagement across regional Queensland.
Burdekin Shire Council and QRFA are excited to announce that key industry leaders will take the stage highlighting the importance of enabling biofuel policy, the current and emerging renewable fuel technologies, updates on project developments, future opportunities in fibre, co-products and the importance of building a robust supply chain.
Larissa Rose, Managing Director of QRFA said the Burdekin and North Queensland region was in a strong position to take advantage of the emerging opportunities for biofuels in the energy and agriculture space.
She said this Thursday’s event was reflective of the association’s strong business relationships in regional Queensland, enhancing support for, and direct engagement with, renewable fuel projects throughout the State.
“Building relationships within the region to support connectivity between current and emerging stakeholders within the supply chain is a critical aspect of interlinking local and regional business with the expanding biofuels industry,” Ms Rose said.
The educational and networking event will bring together local business, companies and interested parties to meet with key industry stakeholders, political leaders, Queensland State Government and regional Council representatives – further building relationships within the region to support connectivity between current and emerging stakeholders within the supply chain.
Ms Rose believes there is significant role in the development of a long-lasting renewable fuels industry for Queensland with biofuels becoming a strategic part of the domestic fuel security for the State and Australia.
“A robust renewable fuels industry will facilitate innumerable positive outcomes for the region, creating value through not only employment, but the associated agricultural, economic and environmental benefits,” Ms Rose said.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Burdekin, with its productive agricultural sector, available land and sustainable water supply, was well positioned to accommodate the renewable fuels industry.
“Whilst the Burdekin has traditionally been a sugar cane growing district, Council has in recent years been very focused on diversification to bring new and value-added industries to the area, increasing employment opportunities and further stimulating the economy of the Shire,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Primary producers and businesses are also keen to explore and invest in new opportunities.
“Burdekin Shire Council welcomes renewable fuel ventures in our region. Our Council is all for growing the Burdekin and diversification will ensure growth in employment and a sustainable economy into the future.
“The environmental benefits renewable fuel projects bring will not only help the Burdekin but also the region.”
Burdekin Shire Council and QRFA both have a primary focus on working to showcase and educate, while bringing business to the region that can benefit the growth of biofuel production.
‘Growing Renewable Fuels in Regional Queensland – Project Development and Opportunities in the North’ will be held at Burdekin Theatre on Thursday 28th June from 5pm to 8pm. RSVP at Eventbrite HERE.