When will construction start?

We are keen to start construction on the SRAIP as soon as possible but before we can begin our detailed subdivision plans must be approved by the Scenic Rim Regional Council. Council has been involved in the coordinated approvals process since 2019 which means downstream approvals can be streamlined as the Coordinator-General’s Evaluation Report outlines stated conditions and is taken to be the referral agency’s response on those relevant applications.

Following approval of operational works by Council, the first stage of earthworks and civil will be to establish the Industry Precinct, deliver a new and safer access to the Cunningham Highway. This stage will also see all internal roads and other essential services to each lot such as water and sewage reticulation being constructed. We anticipate these works would be underway in early 2025.

How many lots in the Precinct?

The Industry Precinct will feature 16 freehold rural industrial lots ranging in size from 0.6ha to 6.2ha hectares on a 40ha site on the Cunningham Highway near Kalbar.

It is ideally positioned to support retail value-adding businesses like food, beverage and agricultural manufacturers and is open to all primary and secondary rural industries that support the Scenic Rim’s ag sector.

Kalfresh will expand its operations on at least two new lots to establish a purpose-built factory for the value-adding of vegetables and processing of certified organic produce, plus the establishment of a new industry-leading Onion Drying, Processing and Packing Factory.

What is allowed to happen in the Precinct?

The Scenic Rim Agricultural Industrial Precinct will accommodate specialised industrial uses with an agricultural focus

Businesses which want to establish in the Precinct will have their development applications assessed by the Scenic Rim Regional Council under the new SRAIP Development Plan, which will simplify and streamline the approvals process.

The SRAIP Development Plan establishes a regionally significant specailised agri-focused precinct for food, beverage and fibre manufacturing, incorporating:

  • The processing or value-adding of agricultural or farm products (including fibre) to produce food (human and animal), beverages and other products
  • Agriculture-related research, innovation and technologies to support the farming and agriculture industry
  • Intensive horticulture
  • Industries or activities necessary to support the Precinct such as warehousing and distribution services
  • A circular economy through the reuse of waste and decarbonisation in industrial processes, production of biofertiliser and waste composting, and renewable energy production by anaerobic digestion and anaerobic composting
What kind of businesses will be in the Precinct?

The Precinct will be a place for businesses which value-add the raw ingredients that are grown nearby, as well as service businesses from within the supply chain which support agriculture, such as, but not limited to:

  • Salad and meal kit producers
  • Fresh & frozen vegetable processing and packing
  • Cold storage of frozen food and drink products and ingredients
  • Dairy processing
  • Juice and sauce production
  • Canning, fermenting and bottling
  • Ingredient drying and powders
  • Fibre processing and manufacturing
  • Seed breeding and supply
  • Food technology services and advice
  • Packaging, warehousing and distribution
  • Agricultural research, technology and innovation
  • Agricultural branding, marketing and promotion services
What is the onsite Bioenergy Plant and how will it work?

The Precinct will be powered by Australia’s first closed-loop renewable energy facility which will use anaerobic digestion to co-digest multiple feedstocks, in particular agricultural waste and a dedicated feedstock crop, to create multiple products.

Stage 1 of the bioenergy plant will be 1.6MW and will produce heat, electricity and digestate fertiliser by co-digesting agricultural and food waste and dedicated energy feedstock crops.

Fully-developed, subject to additional environmental approvals, the Kalbar facility will increase to 10MW and will also produce renewable compressed natural gas, that can replace diesel to fuel trucks and buses and power industrial manufacturing.

An anaerobic digester (AD) works like a large stomach where bacteria breaks down the organic matter (feedstocks) and produces methane biogas and digestate.

The biogas is extracted from the tank, cleaned and upgraded for use as carbon-neutral fuel and diesel replacement. It can also be used by industry to produce electricity and heat for manufacturing and even for use in homes.

This system is well established overseas, particularly in the UK, Europe, America and Canada and is already fuelling trucks and buses with the carbon-neutral RNG, replacing diesel and decarbonising transport.

By using the digestate fertiliser on farms we will be able to reduce our reliance on synthetic fertiliser.

We see a bright future for Australian agriculture where trucks and buses will run on fuel made from agricultural and food waste.

What makes the Kalfresh Bioenergy Plant the first of its kind in Australia?

The Kalfresh model is unique because the anaerobic digester will be located in the farming region and will co-digest multiple feedstocks, including a dedicated energy crop, to produce a range of products.

Other anaerobic digesters in Australia use singular feedstocks, are separate to the farm/industry producing the feedstock, or have singular outputs.

Because we’re a farming business we can directly apply the by-product of AD, digestate, as fertiliser on farms and guarantee to close the loop. All inputs and outputs of the system will be managed and controlled by us.

Kalfresh’s Bioenergy Plant will be the first to combine all of these economic and environmental deliverables in one project. Stage 1 will produce electricity, fertiliser and heat. 

  • Capable of co-digesting multiple feedstocks (energy crops, ag waste and food waste)
  • Co-located with the farms and manufacturers (Precinct) growing and producing the feedstocks
  • Five different outputs:
    1. Green electricity for the Precinct with excess going to the public grid for homes and businesses
    2. Renewable compressed natural gas to replace diesel in trucks and buses
    3. RNG for use by industry
    4. A food-grade carbon dioxide gas for use in beverage production
    5. Digestate is the by-product of anaerobic digestion and will be used by nearby farms or at the precinct composting site as a biofertiliser for soil nutrition, reducing our reliance on synthetic fertilisers.
Why wasn’t the Precinct proposed for the Bromelton State Development Area?

Reducing the distance between farms, processors and the bioenergy facility will deliver a range of economic and environmental benefits that can’t be achieved if it were situated further away in an urban industrial area.

This location will maximise the use of crops, reduce food waste and increase returns to farms in a more sustainable way.

Being close to the raw ingredients allows processors to competitively produce high-value convenience food, value-added and export products. Crop and food manufacturing waste will be the feedstock for the on-site anaerobic digester to supply green power, green gas and biofertiliser (that will return to farms).

Where will the water for the Precinct come from?

We have secured a portfolio of water that will provide reliable water for the fully-developed Precinct. This portfolio will provide equivalent to, or better than, the High Priority A Group water allocation detailed in the Moreton Water Plan.

The private water and sewerage treatment network will be designed to maximise water efficiency and reuse opportunities.

Water distribution and demand management within the Precinct will be managed via a Community Management Scheme.

How will traffic access the SRAIP?

A condition of the SRAIP approval is that a new intersection be constructed on the Cunningham Highway, to provide safe access to and from the Precinct.

This new access will include turning lanes and acceleration lanes, designed to manage the projected truck movements to and from site over the life of the development.

The access will also be used by the proposed Wagner’s Frazerview Quarry at the rear of the site and planning and design has allowed for this additional traffic.

The existing highway access to the Kalfresh packing facilities will be closed and all access will use the new Precinct entry.

What will happen to the existing Kalfresh business and factories?

Kalfresh will continue business as usual on the current site. These factories will become part of the new Precinct and will be accessed from the internal SRAIP road network.

The current factories will be continue operating throughout the SRAIP development and the Kalfresh business will expand to new sites within the Precinct to construct new dedicated processing facilities for onions, certified organic vegetables, and value-add and snacking vegetables.

How do I find out about what’s happening in the SRAIP?

We will maintain regular information updates about the Precinct progress and opportunities on our website. You can also sign up for email updates and follow our socials for information – LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram.

How do I register interest in the design and construction phase of the project?

If you’re interested in tendering for work on the Precinct construction please email info@sraip.com.au    

I am interested in buying or leasing a site in the SRAIP how do I find out more?

If you’re interested in buying or leasing land in the SRAIP please email info@sraip.com.au