SIX EX­CIT­ING PROJECTS FOR GLAD­STONE

MA­RINA UP­GRADE, SO­LAR AND ABAT­TOIR PROJECTS ON THE HORI­ZON

Central Telegraph - - CQ INDUSTRY - Te­gan An­nett Ac­ciona so­lar farm Rodds Bay so­lar farm Asia Pa­cific Agri-Corp’s abat­toir East shores stage 1B Glad­stone fu­ture en­ergy Sta­tion Creek Life­style Vil­lage

MUL­TI­PLE job-cre­at­ing projects are on the cusp for the Glad­stone re­gion, rang­ing from a state of the art abat­toir to so­lar farms and East Shores Stage 1B.

Here are some of the ex­cit­ing projects the re­gion can look for­ward to:

SPAN­ISH en­ergy giant Ac­ciona is pro­gress­ing with plans to build a 265MW so­lar farm at Al­doga.

The project, within the Glad­stone State De­vel­op­ment area, would trans­form 707 hectares formerly used for cat­tle graz­ing into a re­new­able en­ergy hub.

It ex­pects to in­stall one mil­lion so­lar pan­els to gen­er­ate enough power for the en­ergy needs of 122,000 homes.

In April it signed a 30-year lease with the State Gov­ern­ment to build on the land and in Au­gust it lodged doc­u­ments with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and En­ergy.

It’s es­ti­mated con­struc­tion will start be­tween Oc­to­ber next year and will take un­til Novem­ber 2020.

It is es­ti­mated to cre­ate 240 con­struc­tion jobs and 10 on­go­ing jobs.

RE­NEW Es­tate is be­hind plans to build a 300MW so­lar farm at Rodds Bay, near Bororen.

The com­pany, a joint ven­ture with En­ergy Es­tate, Beast So­lu­tions and Wir­sol, chose to build the project in Glad­stone be­cause of its skilled work­force, pre­vi­ous in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence and ap­petite for new projects.

With the Glad­stone Re­gional Coun­cil ap­prov­ing its de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion, con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start later this year.

It’s hoped to start pump­ing power into the grid by the first quar­ter of 2020.

At peak there will be about 300 work­ers on-site.

THE State Gov­ern­ment ap­proved a state-of-the-art $260 mil­lion beef pro­cess­ing plant and re­new­able en­ergy fa­cil­ity in Septem­ber.

The Euroa homestead project, at least four years in the mak­ing, is ex­pected to cre­ate 360 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion and 380 on­go­ing jobs.

The fa­cil­ity, pro­posed by Asia Pa­cific Agri-Corp, will be lo­cated in Glad­stone’s State De­vel­op­ment Area and will have the ca­pac­ity to process up to 2400 head per day.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start in May, sub­ject to fur­ther ap­provals, and it is an­tic­i­pated to be op­er­a­tional by 2021.

GLAD­STONE Ports Cor­po­ra­tion opened ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est to­day for busi­nesses keen to be in­volved in the con­struc­tion of East Shores 1B.

The $29.5 mil­lion up­grade in­cludes an ex­ten­sion of the award-win­ning ma­rina precinct, and the ad­di­tions of a ferry trans­fer pon­toon with a pool, a fit­ness hub, cruise ter­mi­nal plaza, out­door cin­ema and fore­shore cafe.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter O’Sul­li­van said the project would be split into two ma­jor con­tracts: on­shore and off­shore works.

GPC hopes it will be open to the pub­lic by the end of next year.

EOI de­tails will be on the QTen­ders web­site.

THE sa­cred “B” word was dropped twice dur­ing the an­nounce­ment of the $1 bil­lion Glad­stone En­ergy and Am­mo­nia Project an­nounce­ment in Septem­ber this year.

Glad­stone Re­gion mayor Matt Bur­nett and Mem­ber for Glad­stone Glenn Butcher agreed the project could cre­ate an­other boom for the re­gion, with the plant ex­pected to cre­ate 800-1000 con­struc­tion jobs and up to 250 on­go­ing jobs.

The plant is set to be built in the Glad­stone State De­vel­op­ment Area, near Yar­wun, with con­struc­tion ex­pected to start mid-2020.

The project pro­poses to con­vert low-qual­ity coal into am­mo­nia and do­mes­tic gas.

The com­pany be­hind the project, Aus­tralia Fu­ture En­ergy has been work­ing on the con­cept for close to two years.

In Septem­ber the Co-or­di­na­tor-Gen­eral de­clared the project a “co­or­di­nated project”, which will help stream­line ap­provals and fast-track its de­liv­ery.

One of the orig­i­nal pi­o­neer­ing fam­i­lies of the Glad­stone Re­gion, the Mann fam­ily, is be­hind plans to build and op­er­ate Sta­tion Creek Life­style Vil­lage near Be­naraby.

Fourth gen­er­a­tion Mann broth­ers from Glad­stone, have pro­posed to build the re­tire­ment precinct on a par­cel of land on the Bruce Hwy, near the Tan­num Sands turnoff.

The land was pur­chased by their grand­fa­ther 150 years ago.

The project is aimed at hom­ing ac­tive re­tirees and would of­fer garages big enough to fit a car­a­van, and main­te­nance for res­i­dents’ homes while they are on hol­i­days.

The $300 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment has reached the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion stage for its de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for a ma­te­rial change of use with the Glad­stone Re­gional Coun­cil.

Photo: Mike Richards GLA280918MEAT

LOOK­ING AHEAD: Dan Daly and Leo Neill-Bal­lan­tine at the Euroa Homestead Al­doga, an­nounc­ing plans for a $260 mil­lion state-of-the-art beef pro­cess­ing plant and re­new­able en­ergy fa­cil­ity. (IN­SET) Other projects on the cards for Glad­stone in­clude sev­eral so­lar farms, and up­grades to East Shores.

Photo: Mike Richards GLA280918MEAT

BRIGHT FU­TURE: Dan Daly and Leo Neill-Bal­lan­tine at the Euroa homestead Al­doga, an­nounc­ing plans for a $260 mil­lion state-of-the-art beef pro­cess­ing plant and re­new­able en­ergy fa­cil­ity.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the float­ing pon­toon pool, part of East Shores Stage 1B.

Glad­stone mayor Matt Bur­nett, Aus­tralian Fu­ture En­ergy CEO Kerry Parker and Mem­ber for Glad­stone Glenn Butcher.

Min­is­ter Cameron Dick, Mem­ber for Glad­stone Glenn Butcher and Ac­ciona man­ag­ing direc­tor Brett Wick­ham.

Gra­ham Marsh, Jonathan Mann, Ja­son Sul­li­van and Michael Mann with plans for the Sta­tion Creek Life­style Vil­lage.

Wir­sol En­ergy’s so­lar farm at Whit­sun­days.

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