State help for $100m aquaculture project
Pacific Reef Fisheries proposes to construct 259 one-hectare aquaculture ponds, 1.5 metres deep on a total site area of about 768ha.
The prawn farm project will also include:
- 11.3 ha seawater storage pond (370 mL storage capacity)
- 47 ha discharge remediation area
- intake and treated discharge water pipelines (approx. 5.5 km long)
- freshwater storage pond and water reticulation system
- seafood processing facilities
- farm support infrastructure (storage, workshops, accommodation)
Earthworks on the site are due to commence midyear.
The Guthalungra project, adjacent to Elliot River, will be the second North Queensland aquaculture project for Pacific Reef Fisheries, who are already operating a facility in Ayr.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the project was expected to support 130 jobs during construction and 220 jobs once operational.
“Prescribed project status will help ensure this aquaculture facility can become a reality sooner,” he said.
“It’s innovative and ecologically sustainable farming, and it’s going to provide a real boost for one of our most popular food exports.”
Prawns will be grown using a world-first bioremediation technology created in conjunction with James Cook University.
Member for Mackay and Assistant Minister for State Development Julianne Gilbert said economic diversification was key to creating more jobs for the region.
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