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Mackay State Development Area & Bio-Energy Fund

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The Australian Sugar Milling Council (ASMC), and members, are proud to see the economic and social benefits of our industry being recognised through the recent announcement of a State Development Area in Mackay – one of Queensland’s primary sugar cane regions.

As part of the announcement, Ministers Grace and Gilbert launched the $4M Bio-Energy Fund that will be used to support bioenergy innovation.

ASMC’s incoming CEO Ash Salardini commended the announcement.

“Australian sugar milling is an agile and resilient sector, and the opportunities in bioenergy will ensure our continued contribution to the Queensland economy well into the future ” he said.

“We can become global leaders in bio-energy and bio-products, providing value-add diversification opportunities for the industry and regional Queensland communities, and advancing the sustainability agenda across the broader economy,” concluded Mr Salardini.  

The State Development Area will play a significant role in attracting investor interest to the region and support investments through demonstrating long-term government commitment to the area.

Click here for more information on the Queensland Bioenergy Fund

Click here for more information on the Mackay State Development Area