Scenic Rim at forefront of waste-to-energy innovation

Posted: 8th May

AJ Bush & Sons Bromelton plant - the biggest rendering plant in Australia - has a bright future in bioenergy.

The company, which was established in 1996, has its sights set on building a new biogas-solar power plant at its Bromelton facility, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Queensland Government.

The biogas-solar plant project, being delivered by BE Power as part of AJ Bush & Sons, positions the Scenic Rim as an innovator in waste management.

The plant will convert waste into energy that will not only supply the AJ Bush facility but also feed power into the electricity grid.

AJ Bush & Sons Manager David Kassulke said it was an exciting time for the Scenic Rim in the renewable energy field.

“We are very appreciative of the support of Council and the State Government in driving new industry at the Bromelton State Development Area,” he said.

“AJ Bush is already known for its commitment to renewable energy, having been recognised by the Climate Action Alliance in 2014 for our efforts to reduce emissions.

“In the past four-and-a-half years we have reduced emissions by 58 per cent and now generate 40 per cent of our electricity on site with the potential to increase this to 80 per cent.

“This is the biggest rendering plant in Australia and we see a bigger future for us in bioenergy than rendering.”

Mr Kassulke said he saw a promising future in bioenergy innovation in the region.

"It's a very exciting time in this location because we're an hour from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Ipswich, and this inexpensive source of power we are creating will inevitably attract extra industry to Bromelton," he said.

"We can feed inexpensive power into the electricity grid beyond what we supply to our own facility, to support growth locally."

Types of roles within AJ Bush and Sons as a rendering and processing plant include:

  • Truck drivers
  • Garage mechanics
  • Vehicle body fabricators
  • Panel beater
  • Plant process operators
  • Labourers
  • Boiler attendants
  • Fitter and turners
  • Boiler makers
  • Electricians
  • Farm manager
  • Farm workers
  • Engineers – mechanical and electrical
  • Clerical office staff
  • Site management