A DERWENT Valley business has been selected as the successful applicant to establish an organic waste processing facility. Environment minister Roger Jaensch MHA today said B.G. & J.M. Barwick Pty Ltd would receive seed funding of $3 million to establish a regional organic waste processing facility near New Norfolk.
Mr Jaensch said the new facility at Boyer would process up to 24,000 tonnes of organic waste per annum and complement Barwick’s existing facilities at Oatlands and Bridgewater to allow them to expand their total processing capacity of 113,000 tonnes per annum to 165,000 tonnes.
“This has the potential to save up to 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year across Barwick’s facilities, and is part of our government’s plan to reduce emissions by working with all sectors of the economy and contribute to our nation-leading target of net zero emissions, or lower, from 2030,” Mr Jaensch said.
“Barwick’s proposed project is for an industrial-scale in-vessel composting facility at Boyer, adjacent to the Norske Skog Boyer mill, and is expected to create up to 30 full-time equivalent jobs during the construction phase and 15 ongoing jobs,” he said.
Barwick manager Tyronn Barwick said the funding from the State Government would enable the family-owned company to construct a state-of-the-art, $14 million composting facility at Boyer to process a significant volume of southern Tasmania’s organic materials in an environmentally sustainable manner. “The facility’s strategic placement at Boyer will play a role in processing commercial organic materials in conjunction with local councils’ food organics and garden organics (FOGO),” Mr Barwick said.
Mr Jaensch said the s initiative would play a significant role in reducing waste and emissions, improving the environment and creating jobs for Tasmanians.