Ballina Shire Council’s $8.5 million Biochar Waste-to-Energy project shows it is leading the way on policies for a clean energy future, Page MP Janelle Saffin said.
Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Simon Crean last week visited the Council to announce Federal funding of $4.3 million for the project under Round 2 of the Regional Development Australia Fund.
Ms Saffin congratulated Ballina Shire Council for its successful funding submission.
“I strongly supported the Council’s biochar project because it has multiple benefits of reducing landfill and reducing carbon emissions while creating alternative energy,” she said.
“In particular I want to pay tribute to Councillor David Wright who has been a champion for biochar project. I’m told some now call him Biochar David.
“The project involves construction of a processing plant at the Ballina Waste Management Centre to convert organic waste into biochar and electricity. Biochar is a form of charcoal with significant potential for use in carbon sequestration and in improving soil condition.
“The plant will have the capacity to divert 29,000 tonnes of organic waste from the regions landfills, remove 48,000 tonnes of carbon, and generate 6000 MWh of renewable energy.
“Our region has some of the top researchers on biochar, and it is great to see such a practical application of biochar technologies being applied here. “This is a great example of a local council taking innovative action to reduce its carbon emissions.
“The project confirms Ballina Shire Council’s reputation for forwa