25 Aug 2013


Famers left in the lurch over mallee tree plantations

Over the past decade, successive governments have thrown their support behind the biofuel industry, starting with a pilot processing plant in Narrogin. Western Power began operating the plant in 2002, proving it was possible to generate power from mallee trees.

Farmers were encouraged to take part and the Government even handed out some trees for free. But the trial ended a few years later and the plant has since been gathering dust.


The biofuel industry falls across three different State Government ministries, environment, agriculture and forestry. And farmers like Mr Wilson say that creates a bureaucratic mess.

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