Scenic Rim Agricultural Industrial Precinct
An integrated agri-industrial hub in the region where the raw ingredients grow.

INNOVATE. COLLABORATE. DIVERSIFY.

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Project At A Glance

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40ha

Cunningham Highway SCENIC RIM

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16

Freehold Industrial Lots

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GREEN ENERGY

Anaerobic Digester creating Green Power, Green Gas & Bio-Fertiliser

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NEW

Processed, organic & snacking vegetable value-add factories

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75km

from retail DCs + on major Brisbane/NSW/VIC transport routes

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TRANSPORT HUB

NEXT GEN SERVICE CENTRE – BIOGAS & EV CHARGING

Our Vision

To create a place for the co-location of complementary agricultural manufacturing and value-adding businesses to encourage collaboration, innovation and diversification, with proximity to key markets and transport routes.

An innovation precinct that offers food and beverage manufacturing businesses access to rural industrial land in the region that grows the raw ingredients.
Co-location of production and processing delivers faster paddock to plate turnaround, operational efficiencies and a more competitive agricultural sector.

The Precinct will be powered by Australia’s first closed loop renewable energy facility that transforms food waste and energy crop into green gas, green power and bio-fertiliser via anerobic digestion.

Our bio-energy facility will lead the way for a new reliable and repeatable energy source for rural Queensland and will empower regional communities.

Our vision has been imagined by farmers to create a sustainable, viable and bright future for Queensland agriculture.

Kalfresh Scenic Rim Agricultural Industrial Precint

About Kalfresh

Kalfresh Pty Ltd is a vertically-integrated vegetable farming, packing and marketing business that’s been operating in the Scenic Rim since 1992.

Kalfresh has more than 1600 hectares under crop in four Queensland regions and supplies conventional and organic produce to tier one customers in Australia and overseas.

Kalfresh’s company mission is to create a better farming future for our community, consumers and the environment.

This mission is at the heart of our operations, guides all decisions and inspired the idea for the integrated agricultural precinct in the heart of the farming region.

Location is key to unlocking new market opportunities for Queensland farmers, diversifying the local economy and creating new, secure employment opportunities in the region.

The SRAIP is earmarked for a site neighbouring Kalfresh’s existing vegetable processing and manufacturing plant. Kalfresh will retain four sites in the Precinct to establish new production facilities for snacking and organic value-add vegetables, ready-to-eat products, bioenergy production and a new office and staff amenities building.

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Located on key transport routes & close to markets

Brisbane CBD 80km

Brisbane Airport 90km
Retail DCs 75km
Brisbane Port 100km
Bromelton Rail Hub 40km

A NEW SOURCE OF GREEN ENERGY

We’re delivering a new renewable energy that value-adds waste streams.
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Green Power

for precinct & grid

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Green Gas

for transport and manufacturing

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Bio-Fertiliser

for organic soil improvement

The Scenic Rim Agricultural Industrial Precinct will be home to Australia’s first closed-loop Bio-Energy Facility which transforms agricultural and food waste into green power, green bio-gas and bio-fertiliser.

The Anaerobic Digestion model championed by Kalfresh will be a lucrative model for empowering regional agricultural communities throughout Australia by creating a new green industry.

The 1.6MW system (scalable to 10MW), will power the Precinct, generate a source of saleable green gas for transport and beverage production and will output a new nutrient-rich organic bio-fertiliser to replace synthetic fertilisers in the farming system. Working in conjunction with the new Queensland End of Waste Code for digestate, the organic fertiliser will be applied to nearby cropping lands.

REAL. RELIABLE. REPEATABLE. RESILIENT.

The Kalfresh Bioenergy facility will be an Australia first.
It will be purpose built to co-digest multiple feedstocks to produce five new energy products.

Feedstocks

Agricultural Waste

(horticulture, cattle, poultry)

Food Waste

Energy Crop grown in rotation with commercial crops

Outputs

Green Power for Precinct and local grid


Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to fuel heavy transport and industry

Biofertiliser

Biogenic CO2 for food & beverage manufacturing

Green gas for industry and household use

Benefits

1.6MW scalable to 10MW fully developed

388,000T of organic matter received/year

430,000T carbon captured/year

1.6 petajoules biogas/year (fully developed)

Enough RNG to fuel 26,000 truck trips from Brisbane to Sydney/year

Value-adds every stage

Nothing goes to waste

New diversified revenue for agriculture

Project Timeline

The SRAIP was declared a ‘coordinated project’ by Queensland’s Coordinator-General in May 2019. The declaration means the project is subject to an Impact Assessment Report process, with the state’s coordinated project team managing the complexities related to the required approvals.

Kalfresh’s revised draft Impact Assessment Report is now being assessed by the Coordinator-General. The Coordinated Project process has helped Kalfresh navigate the approvals required, informed project risks and identify opportunities to enhance outcomes for the broader community and the environment.

Current
Current

Office of the Coordinator General preparing Evaluation Report

March 2024
March 2024

Draft IAR accepted as Final IAR by Coordinator General

February 2023
February 2023

Revised Draft IAR (RIDAR) lodged by Kalfresh

October 2022
October 2022

End of Waste Code for Digestate Gazetted

March 2022
March 2022

High Priority water allocation secured for SRAIP

October 2020
October 2020

Additional information requested by CG

May/June 2020
May/June 2020

Draft IAR publicly notified

April 2020
April 2020

Draft Impact Assessment Report (IAR) submitted

May 2019
May 2019

SRAIP declared a ‘coordinated project’

Project Benefits

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Strong Community

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Skilled Jobs

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Value-add & scale-up of agriculture

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Agri-innovation & new tech investment

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Manufacturing efficiencies & productivity gains

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Better food security

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Environmental Sustainability

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Regional resilience

Jobs & Growth

We’re committed to promoting sustainable growth in food production which will attract new skills and social diversification to the Scenic Rim.

Fully developed, the Precinct will:

Direct Local Construction Jobs

Support up to 641 direct local construction jobs and 354 indirect jobs over the course of the 10-year construction phase

Direct Operational Jobs

Support 475 direct operational jobs and 572 indirect (fully developed)

Million $ in Construction GVA

Add $89.5m in construction GVA (+5.3%) annually over the 10-year construction phase and $140.5m operational GVA contribution to the Scenic Rim economy (+8.3%) (fully developed)

Project Drivers

The SRAIP project is multi-faceted and will deliver tangible benefits and will have a significant positive impact across agriculture, environment, social and economic spheres. Our project will:

  • Enable agricultural diversification, innovation, differentiation, and value-adding
  • De-risk investment in agricultural manufacturing, automation and advanced technology
  • Enable growth and respond to customer demand for more production capacity and new high-value, Australian agri-products
  • Reduce waste by driving supply chain innovation to find a market for ‘wastes’ and by-products and realise value-add opportunities
  • Maintain & build agricultural competitiveness – domestic and export – by delivering efficient supply chain and logistics
  • Secure & grow new markets for the region’s farming community
  • Enhance supply chain logistics for agricultural and food production
  • New, safer Cunningham Highway intersection for Kalfresh and precinct traffic
  • Co-location hub for R&D that connects the entire supply chain – farmer, packer, processor and retailer
  • Return skilled agricultural and manufacturing jobs to the region
  • Job creation, opportunities for the region’s young people to work with new technologies, automation and smart manufacturing
  • Establish a new, unique closed-loop renewable energy system that diverts food and agricultural waste and value-adds it to generate green gas, green power and bio-fertiliser
  • Decarbonise food manufacturing

Cost benefit analysis*

$279.6M

Net Present Value

6.9

Benefit-Cost-Ratio
($1 investment cost = $6.90 benefits)

*Source: RPS Group