Have your say on Thursday in Dalby.
Have your say on Thursday in Dalby. Will Hunter

Dalby residents to have their say on biofuels on Thursday

DALBY residents will have a chance to voice their questions at a biofuels information session on Thursday.

The Palaszczuk Government released a discussion paper last Thursday outlining plans for an ethanol mandate to grow the biofuels and bio-manufacturing industries and create more jobs in Queensland.

Ethanol advocate and Glowing Green representative Larissa Rose came to the Western Downs last week.

She spoke to businesses and farmers in Dalby and Warra ahead of the biofuels forum.

"This region has the ability to receive an even more secured ethanol industry which interconnects and supports so many businesses in the area and beyond," she said.

Energy Minister Mark Bailey told the Queensland Parliament the economic and environmental benefits of ethanol were recognised world-wide.

"We want Queensland to be part of this sustainable energy solution," Mr Bailey said.

"We will work closely with industry on the amount of the mandate so that it grows in line with production capacity.

"Importantly, we want local industries to capture the market share to ensure that any ethanol sold in Queensland comes from Queensland.

"There's also an opportunity to boost the use of biofuels like biodiesel blends to take advantage of the growing demand for diesel."

Regional forums are being held across the state to encourage industry, key stakeholders and the community to have their say about the ethanol mandate.

A bill will be introduced into parliament to set the framework for the mandate.

Submissions close Friday, July 3 at 5pm.

More information, including a copy of the discussion paper can be found here.

Details

  • Drovers Hotel Conference Centre, 87 Drayton St, Dalby
  • Thursday, June 11 at 5.30pm
  • RSVP to biofuels@ dews.qld.gov.au
  • More information is available at dews.qld.gov.au

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