BioMar reveals site of Australia mill

BIOMAR Australia has released plans to develop an AU$56 million aqua feed production facility in northern Tasmania, providing a significant boost to the state’s growing aquaculture industry.
Paddy Campbell, managing director of BioMar UK, Australia and the Northern Sea Region, said the feed plant would bring world class, state-of-the art fish feed innovation and production facilities to Wesley Vale in Tasmania.
Once operational, the facility will produce up to 110,000 tonnes per annum of aqua feed product to support the aquaculture industry.
It will create 55 full time jobs and an additional 30 jobs across the region through indirect support, operational, port services and logistical roles, Campbell said.
BioMar is already well established in Tasmania as the leading supplier of Atlantic salmon feed, having entered the market in 2003.
At present one in every three farmed salmon in Tasmania is fed BioMar products, which are currently being exported from the company’s Grangemouth factory in Scotland.
‘We are very grateful for the Tasmania Liberal government’s commitment of $2.3 million towards this project and the support and of the Office of the Coordinator-General in securing the site in Wesley Vale,’ said Campbell.
He added that BioMar was proposing to construct the feed facility, expected to be completed in 2019, on the site of a former particle board manufacturing mill in Wesley Vale.
‘This development proposal will also remediate and revitalise the Mill Road site, which has remained empty and abandoned for some time now,’ he said.
‘We are currently in conversation with the local community to seek their input and feedback on the proposal concept, and we look forward to continuing this conversation throughout the development and construction phase of the project.’
Picture: Paddy Campbell at the site of the proposed feed mill in Tasmania