October 15, 2018
Australia's Queensland plans to create aquaculture hub at Bribie Island
The Palaszczuk Government of Australia's Queensland has announced a plan to turn rundown buildings on Bribie Island into an innovative world-leading aquaculture hub.
Australia's Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said aquaculture was a rapidly growing industry in the state.
"Since I became Minister last year, I have made it my mission to actively seek opportunities to grow the aquaculture industry in Queensland," Furner said. "We know how popular our seafood products are not only in the burgeoning Asian market, but also in hungry domestic markets down south."
Furner added that, by supporting new investment in the aquaculture industry, there will be a creation of more jobs and more premium seafood being produced in Queensland.
He commented that Bribie Island is part of the Bribie Island Research Centre (BIRC), an aquaculture research and development facility owned and operated by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).
"Over the past 12 months, we have received a number of unsolicited enquiries from both the public and private sectors to use parts of the Bribie Island Research Centre (BIRC) site for aquaculture. As a result, my department will run an open, public process seeking expressions of interest from interested parties to use the land for aquaculture and related purposes, once all relevant approvals have been obtained," Furner said.
He also noted that BIRC site was decommissioned in November 2009 and has since fallen into disrepair.
"The rejuvenation of this site will provide a rare opportunity to invest in Queensland's growing aquaculture industry which currently is worth an estimated $125 million to the Queensland economy. A new aquaculture venture would align perfectly with the research and development work currently undertaken at BIRC by DAF, CSIRO and the Sunshine Coast University," Furner said.
According to the minister, work would shortly start with the Moreton Bay Regional Council to progress the necessary approvals that will be required to advance the project.
"There is significant community interest in the future use of the land and the expression of interest process will allow us to identify the outcome that maximises the benefit to the aquaculture industry and the local and Queensland economies," Furner added.
"It is anticipated that an aquaculture development option will provide significant economic development and job opportunities during both the construction phase and once the enterprise becomes operational."
- Queensland Government