Bio Processing Australia chief executive officer John Lockhart.
Bio Processing Australia chief executive officer John Lockhart.

Bio talks continue with government

THE owners of a $50million bio processing plant once touted as a future economic driver for Mackay, have still not committed to the project.

Bio Processing Australia's John Lockhart said no decision has been reached on the plant, adding his company continued to work closely with the State Government.

Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said that included looking at alternate sites.

In January, Mr Lockhart said the stakeholders would decide if the plant would instead move to South East Asia.

"Both parties are doing their utmost to make the project go ahead in Mackay," Mr Lockhart said.

Canegrowers Mackay chief executive officer Kerry Later said the group still supported the project.

"Canegrowers Mackay still strongly supports the project as a quality, practical and productive opportunity for the region, jobs for community, plus a further source of income for struggling growers families, in utilising fallow land and having a direct contractual arrangement for supply to Bio Processing Australia's operation in Mackay," Mr Latter said.


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