Queensland looks to new fuel to power new jobs
The Queensland Government says it is working on a policy to boost the ethanol industry.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey says a bill will be introduced to Parliament in coming weeks to develop the sector, but further details so far have been scarce.
The announcement was made during the Minister’s visit to the Wilmar Bioethanol facility in Sarina, south of Mackay.
Wilmar Bioethanol general manager Garry Mulvay said the industry needs a stable set of policies.
“Like everyone, I'd like to see the detail,” he told ABC reporters after the visit.
“I'm very supportive of them running a process that makes sure we end up with something that is sustainable and not just a knee-jerk reaction.
“I think the industry doesn't need something that comes along and gets talked up and doesn't get delivered.
“I think what we want this time is a sustainable policy that does get delivered, and gets delivered reasonably quickly.
“We'd like to see certainty around the market, so if there is going to be a mandate, I'd like to see that being an enforceable mandate where industry can know in a certain timeframe what the volume of the market will be.
“That allows everyone to invest in a sustainable way.”
The ethanol industry had been looking forward to the mandatory addition of ethanol in Queensland's petrol in 2010, but the policy – proposed by the Beattie Government – collapsed before it could take effect.
“What we are looking at is a gradual phasing [in of ethanol ],” Mr Bailey said.
“The last thing we want is for it to be too quick and end up being about imported ethanol.
“We want this to be phased-in in a gradual way so that the industry can ramp up, so that we can create Queensland jobs.”