Wheatbelt application for the Regional Development Assistance Program receives federal senator backing

Wheatbelt application for the Regional Development Assistance Program receives federal senator backing

The Shire of Wagin has received strong support in the Federal Senate for their food processing hub.

The Wagin Food Processing Hub involves the cogeneration of power, the introduction of a desalination unit and a new industry of saline aquaculture.

The hub will enable green infrastructure power generation, electricity and steam for industry use, while removing the troubling saline water table beneath the town and provide fresh water for the townsite.  The hub also creates a supply of saline water to use in a saline water aquaculture project capable of producing some 125 tonnes of barramundi.

The Wagin Shire has submitted an application for the Regional Development Assistant Program to have the hub installed, applying for half of the $8M project.

Senator Chris Back commended the Wagin community for having the forsight to look at diversifying the traditional industry in their are and drought proofing their community.

Senator Back said " If we can turn it back to a circumstance of new opportunity of developing industries, of expanding the opportunities that are already, this can only be beneficial to the regional community of that group, our state and the country."

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