‘Pig power’ considered
SUSTAINABLE power and fertiliser generation from pig effluent could be Monto’s next big industry, Dolors Fowler says.
The former North Burnett Regional councillor has called upon State Agriculture Minister John McVeigh, Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Federal Minister for Flynn Ken O’Dowd, Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and council CEO Mark Pitt to meet with local pig farmers and discuss how innovation could lead to growth outside of the pork industry.
With preliminary approval for 23,000 pigs to soon take up residence at the Liberty Fields piggery near Monto, Mrs Fowler said this was a discussion that was needed now.
No date has yet been set for the meeting, but with letters of invitation sent on Tuesday she said the ball was rolling.
“I’m a big believer in turning a negative into a positive. We might be about to have a whole lot of pig effluent but we can turn that into an industry,” she said.
It is an idea long harboured by Mrs Fowler.
She first became interested in pig generated power and fertiliser back in 2001, when Tarong Energy Company commissioned a report highlighting huge economic benefits. But she said her plans fell on deaf ears when she reported the findings in 2004.
“Time has left people more open to these sorts of big ideas and innovation,” she said.
Bailey Creek Pork owner Ian Hill has about 17,000 pigs over three properties and said he had long been interested in “pig power” too. “I’m not sure if government assistance would be possible, but we would be very interested if it was,” he said.
“There are lots of versions of (pig effluent driven) power generation. It would certainly be good to discuss them.”