Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    Minister announces membership of Biofuels Taskforce

    9/01/2006 12:00 AM

    Agriculture Minister Kim Chance said the formation of a Biofuels Taskforce would put Western Australia well on the road to developing viable renewable fuels for the agricultural sector and the wider community.

    Announcing the membership of the taskforce today, Mr Chance said there was potential in WA for alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol to provide significant benefits, in both environmental and economic terms.

    “In particular, the taskforce will look at specific issues such as the need to improve the security of supply by developing alternative renewable fuel sources and to identify new biofuel industry opportunities focussed on regional development,” the Minister said.

    “I believe one of the most important benefits a biofuels industry in WA will provide, is the boost to rural economies and the increase in employment opportunities which are likely to eventuate.”

    Mr Chance has asked the taskforce to provide a report to Parliament within the next 12 months. The group will work with industry to provide recommendations and strategies on issues including:
    • the impediments to the development of a biofuels industry in WA;
    • consumer acceptance of biofuels; and
    • the cost-effectiveness of using biofuels as alternatives to petrol and diesel, particularly in regional areas.
    “It will also be essential that the taskforce looks at ways WA can meet the Commonwealth Government’s renewable fuel target and maximise the State’s participation in this and other programs,” the Minister said.

    The taskforce will be chaired by Government MLC Graham Giffard and will include National Party leader Brendan Grylls MLA, Liberal Party Member Nigel Hallett MLC and representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Department for Planning and Infrastructure, the Department of Industry and Resources, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Health, Office of Energy and the Department of Environment.

    Importantly, the taskforce will engage representatives from industry and community groups to gain input and to ensure their recommendations meet the needs of industry.

    “I am sure the taskforce will play a major part in the development of a viable and sustainable biofuels industry in WA and I look forward to receiving their report,” Mr Chance said.

    “The State Government is protecting and enhancing WA’s unique environment.”

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