Kalfresh's $50 million proposal to develop a 40 hectare, 16-lot food precinct is open for comment

A PROPOSAL to create a $50 million job boosting agricultural industrial precinct integrating fresh food production and manufacturing in Scenic Rim is open for public comment.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said government was progressing approvals for Kalfresh to develop a 40 hectare, 16-lot, $50 million integrated agricultural industrial processing plant which included a waste to energy facility adjacent to their existing operations at Kalbar.

"This project will further support local farming by providing a precinct for agricultural processing, packaging and distribution in the heart of one of Queensland's major food production areas," she said.

She said the initial stages of the project would create 126 full-time jobs during the two-year construction period and 60 jobs during operations.

Queensland's Coordinator-General has now released a draft Impact Assessment Report (IAR) for the proposed Scenic Rim Agricultural Industrial Precinct for comment.

Minister for State Development Kate Jones said the draft IAR had been prepared by family-owned Scenic Rim vegetable production company Kalfresh as part of their vision to create a regionally based hub for fresh-food production.

"There are also plans for the precinct to generate its own power by establishing a renewable energy facility on site that would use an anaerobic-digester to produce gas for electricity," Ms Jones said.

The public and all stakeholders can have their say on the draft IAR and the potential impacts of the project.

Kalfresh will engage with stakeholders during the draft IAR public comment period. Given social distancing requirements in place due to the COVID-19 response, this is planned to include online community information sessions.

The submission period runs until Friday June 26.

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