Shire targets ethanol industry



BANANA Shire Council has set its sights on developing an etha- nol industry in the region.

Banana Shire mayor Glenn Churchill said the shire was well placed to take advantage of the de- veloping industry.

"This decision by council is a bold and proactive approach to de- termine the potential for the es- tablishment of an ethanol indus- try,'' Cr Churchill said.

"We have contacted a number of key economic development groups for Banana Shire and also our local leading rural organisa- tions, AgForce Central Queen-sland.''

An ethanol plant has been ap- proved for construction at Dalby on the Darling Downs, but only af- ter considerable public debate.

Construction of the plant was put on hold after an appeal citing the plant posed health and envi- ronmental risks.

The appeal was rejected by the Planning and Environment Court in October.

Cr Churchill said lessons would be learnt from the Dalby expe- rience.

"The reality of it all is that it's location, location, location,'' he said.

"If you get the position wrong then you are going to have problems.''

He said the council would now determine if attracting the indus- try was feasible.

Cr Churchill said the prospects of the industry in the region would probably be determined within 18 months.



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