Federal Minister for Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, considers biofuel future of Heron's Creek sawmill

Federal Minister for Environment & Energy, Josh Frydenberg.
Federal Minister for Environment & Energy, Josh Frydenberg.

Sawmill waste from Herons Creek Timber Mill near Port Macquarie could soon be converted into biodiesel for vehicles and bitumen for roads.

Federal Minister for Environment & Energy, Josh Frydenberg, is visiting the mill with Lyne MP Dr David Gillespie on Friday, August 24.

A $1.2 million feasibility study will test the technical and financial viability of the proposal and, if successful, result in the construction of a biofuels refinery nearby.

The Federal Coalition Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is providing $500,000 to Boral Australia for the study.

“Boral is a large user of both diesel and bitumen and Herons Creek Timber Mill produces 50,000 tonnes of sawmill waste per year – waste which is currently used for low value purposes such as boiler fuel and landscaping,” Federal Minister for Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg said.

“Should the feasibility study be successful, the biodiesel could supply up to 15 per cent of Boral’s annual diesel use – and it means the waste would be diverted from low value uses.

“The Federal Coalition Government recognises the importance of affordable energy for Australian businesses as well as effective waste management.

“Converting waste into energy is one innovative way to help tackle both of these issues.”

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said he was delighted the innovative research project was being undertaken in his electorate.

“The Herons Creek Timber Mill is an important local operation that employs many locals, and this exciting initiative could not only deliver a number of environmental benefits, but also new opportunities for Boral’s operations locally,” Dr Gillespie said.

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