THE Shire of Wagin and Consortium Partners of the Wagin Integrated Food Fibre Processing Hub (WIFFPH) are excited about the recent announcement of $1.15 million in funding from the Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) Fund granted to Morton’s Seed and Grain.
Morton’s Seed and Grain was successful in its application and will receive 25 per cent of the project cost to develop a cogeneration facility based on oat husk in Wagin.
This news brings the WIFFPH consortium one step closer to the realisation of the entire hub project, with the group eagerly awaiting the announcement of Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) funding due in the next couple of weeks.
The $4 million in funding from the RDAF will not only further support the cogeneration plant but will also assist in the completion of the other two components, a desalination plant and a 125-tonne recirculating tank system for the production of barramundi.
The development of the rest of the project is also progressing well, with Dryland Aquaculture Australia receiving its aquaculture licence and Morton’s Seed and Grain well advanced in the process of receiving environmental approval for the cogeneration plant.
“We are very happy to see innovative industry leaders such as Morton’s rewarded for finding and installing low emissions technology,” Wagin Shire president Phil Blight said.
“This project turns a waste product into a resource, while also reducing the cost of, and reliance on, the grid.”