Welcome to the latest edition of Biofutures news, the newsletter of Biofutures Queensland and your way of keeping up to date on Australia's emerging hub for industrial biotech and bioproducts.
In this edition we cover:
- Jobs and Regional Growth Fund: act now to get a share of $130 million the Queensland Government is investing in our regions
- Biofutures Acceleration Program: Queensland Government's bid to support commercial-scale biorefinery projects attracts strong interest
- Biomass assessment survey: a USC/QUT team is seeking views on potential analytical tools for biomass producers and users
- Upcoming dates to note
The Queensland Government is investing $130 million to grow our state's regional economies and create jobs for Queenslanders. Financial assistance ranging from $100,000 to over $10 million is available from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund for medium to large businesses with projects that will create jobs and economic growth opportunities in areas outside South East Queensland facing significant economic and employment challenges.
If you think the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund could help your biofutures project, view the details and get in contact with the team.
The international and national drive to attract biorefinery development to Queensland is paying dividends, with 26 proposals to build commercial-scale biorefineries received as a direct result of the Biofutures Acceleration Program Expression of Interest.
Proposals were received from established companies based in the USA, Asia and Europe as well as Australia, with many potential proponents identifying specific biorefinery development locations and projected job and investment opportunities. The Queensland Government is now assessing each proposal, with shortlisted successful proponents to be announced by mid-2017.
Find out more about the Biofutures Acceleration Program.
The University of the Sunshine Coast and Queensland University of Technology are seeking views and ideas to inform development of analytical tools that will help biomass producers and users access useful biomass information. The tools will be developed as part of the Australian biomass for bioenergy assessment (ABBA) for implementation through the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI).
To give your input on the usefulness of the analytical tools the team is proposing, take the survey.
During the next few months the Biofutures Queensland team will be out and about at the following events:
- 11th Annual F.O. Licht's Sugar & Ethanol Asia 28 February – 2 March
Queensland Biofutures Industry Envoy Professor Ian O'Hara will be talking about the opportunities for biofuels and bioproducts in Australia
More to come.