Gold in green waste business says councillor and plant man
COUNCILLOR Neil Fisher says the compost project could create a new business opportunity for the Rockhampton region.
MICK Alexander sees a golden opportunity in Rockhampton's mounting green waste.
The managing director of Grazing Bestprac is urging Rockhampton Regional Council to get on board with his bold plan to convert organic waste material into salable compost/fertiliser.
He says it will extend the life of existing landfill sites and slash the cost of waste management, and he already has a ready-made market in Central Queensland farmers and graziers.
"Green waste is a massive expense to council," said the council's business enterprise committee chair and resident green thumb.
"It is very hard to find a market for straight green waste but if you can value-add it to make a viable composting material it puts us in good stead for different horticultural opportunities."
Cr Fisher said he was keen to see something happen with Mick Alexander's proposal, and it was timely given the council's push to develop the Fitzroy Agricultural Corridor.
"Sometimes you've got to look outside the box and sometimes you have to spend a little money in order to save money in the long-term."