Australian Paper has received a combined $5 million from state and federal governments, to be used for a feasibility study into a plant to turn waste into energy at its Maryvale paper mill.
If approved, the $600 million project could support 800 jobs during construction, with 46 ongoing. This would provide economic assistance to the Latrobe Valley, which has seen job losses due to the closure of the Hazelwood power station.
The local community identified the waste-to-energy proposal as a priority, according to Federal Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash.
“Local communities know what’s best for their region, including what projects will provide the greatest benefit to the community,” she said.
The feasibility study is expected to be completed within a year. If successful, the plant could be operational by 2021.