The burgeoning spinifex industry is set to expand following a $995,000 grant from the Palaszczuk Government to move from pilot scale to demonstration scale.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation – based at Camooweal – was one of six recipients that would help put Queensland at the forefront of the global bioindustrial revolution.
“Working together, Dugalunji Aboriginal Corporation and the University of Queensland are proposing to build a clean, green, Queensland-based bio-refining industry,” Ms Enoch said.
“Bringing together Traditional Knowledge, nanotechnology and spinifex – Australia’s most extensive vegetation type – to create the products of the future, this project is designed to produce cellulose nanofibres for ongoing and future commercial trials.
“Within five years, it’s predicted these nanofibres will have been transferred into dozens of applications and be manufactured at a commercial scale for a number of key markets.”
Ms Enoch said the project was funded out of the Advance Queensland $5 million Biofutures Commercialisation Program.
She said the BCP, part of the Advance Queensland Biofutures Roadmap, set out to increase the capability and scale of the biofutures industry in Queensland.
“We want to see the biofutures industry grow in Queensland,” Ms Enoch said. “That’s why we’re prepared to invest in people and companies with new ideas to get new technologies up and running.”
Advance Queensland is the Palaszczuk Government’s $420 million whole-of-government initiative, supporting jobs across a range of industry sectors.