$4.4m Federal grant to help Dinmore plant slash carbon

DINMORE meat processing plant JBS Australia has received the biggest Federal Government investment in the history of the meat industry.

JBS Australia will be able to slash the amount of carbon pollution from its meat processing facility with the help of a $4.4 million grant from the Federal Government's Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Program.

JBS Australia employs 2000 people at Dinmore and is the city's largest private employer.

The company will match the funding dollar for dollar for an $8.8 million project to upgrade its waste water treatment system by installing new pre-treatment equipment and covered anaerobic lagoon technology.

The existing boiler will also be modified to co-combust biogas generated from the site with natural gas.

Industry and Innovation Minister Greg Combet said the project would "reduce the carbon emissions intensity of the Dinmore site by 81%."

Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann, who has been a prime mover behind securing the funding for the project, said it was "one of the best Federal Government investments in Ipswich in decades."

"The Dinmore facility is the biggest meat processing plant in the country and this is the biggest investment in the meat industry we have seen by a Federal Government," Mr Neumann said.

"This secures the future of the plant in Ipswich and 2000 jobs. It also secures the economic development of Ipswich's biggest private employer.

This secures the future of the plant in Ipswich and 2000 jobs. It also secures the economic development of Ipswich's biggest private employer.

"The project will save JBS Australia $1.1 million a year in energy costs and they will cut their carbon price liability by $790,000 a year."

The Dinmore facility is used "for slaughtering, boning, packaging, by-products rendering and hide processing."



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