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Broome to ‘fly’ forward with unique waste response

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Converting organic waste into high-value products is something the State Government will be looking to achieve as Broome will soon be home to an innovative black soldier fly farming facility.

$97,039 has been donated to Broome’s Waste Not Food Recycling to support its plans to establish a black soldier fly farm for organic waste recovery.

Under the proposal, organic waste would be collected, processed and fed to fly larvae, upcycling it into protein for feed and fertiliser products.

The project will help to reduce organic waste going to landfill in Broome, create a protein product for the local pastoral and aquaculture industries, provide an organic fertiliser to improve degraded soils, and drive local jobs in the Kimberley. 

If successful, it could provide a model for organic waste management that could be implemented across Australia’s north.

Regional Development Minister Allanah MacTiernan admitted that while not glamorous, it does open the area up to a new market and provide an outlet for much needed local jobs.

“Fly farming presents a fantastic opportunity to turn our organic waste into high-value products and local jobs,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“The Waste Not Food Recycling project reduces organics going to landfill and will create a new industry in Broome developing feed protein and organic fertiliser for the pastoral, agricultural and aquaculture industries.

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