A.7.2122009 Integrating nutrient, waste and energy streams in agriculture development through hyacinth harvest and processing

The CRCNA is seeking suitable qualified individuals or organisation/s to deliver a 2-year project as part of the broader Making Water Work in the Rockhampton region program of works.

This project is specifically seeking proposals for the following scoping sub-project:

  • Integrating nutrient, waste and energy streams in agricultural development through hyacinth harvest and processing

Key Dates

Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 2 September 2022 via the online form.

Five key scoping jobs have been identified and resourced to help progress this broader Making Water Work Business Case within the Rockhampton Regional Council area within the context of the Lower Fitzroy basin. These include:

  1. Defining a supply chain and development precincts vision
  2. Visionary land use planning to facilitate development precincts
  3. Mobilising strong water governance arrangements
  4. Integrating nutrient, waste and energy streams in agricultural development through hyacinth harvest and processing
  5. Achieving reef water quality requirements in new agricultural development.

This EOI applies to the fourth of these Scoping Projects, but it is intended that all five Projects are released and delivered in an integrated way.

This EOI should be read in conjunction with the Making Water Work in the Rockhampton region Business Case (Appendix 1) , the CRCNA's EOI Guidelines and the EOI background document specific to this project.

The job 

In this Scoping Project, the proponent is required to undertake the following activities:

Integrating nutrient, energy and waste streams in agricultural development through hyacinth harvest and processing

1

Hyacinth / Waste repurpose concept

Explore and conceptualise the strategic opportunity for hyacinth removal, processing and reuse as a key pillar of building a circular economy within the Rockhampton Regional Council area and wider Lower Fitzroy Basin.

2

Hyacinth / Waste repurpose pilot design

Design a hyacinth/carbon repurpose pilot that targets hyacinth in the Fitzroy River and appropriate carbon sources from other waste streams in the Rockhampton region. The design should explore recycling which can be repurposed into compost to improve agricultural soils and reduce nutrient loss in the Lower Fitzroy region.

3

Hyacinth / Waste Carbon repurpose pilot trial

Trial a hyacinth/Carbon repurpose pilot in the Lower Fitzroy region based on the design concept. As part of the pilot, particular attention needs to be paid to progressing carbon credits (Department of Industry, Science and Resources) and if appropriate, a reef credit methodology.

How to apply 

All submissions are to be made via the online EOI form by the due date.

Key contacts for information relating to this EOI

Strategic EOI advice

Administrative advice

Allan Dale (CRCNA Chief Scientist)

Carla Keith (CRCNA General Manager)

0418 736 422

0499 330 051

allan.dale@jcu.edu.au

generalmanager@crcna.com.au