GeoLINK was engaged by Essential Greens Pty Ltd to gain development approval for their proposed algae farm in Northern NSW. The algae farm will be the first of its kind in the region.
GeoLINK undertook environmental planning and assessment, civil concept design, biodiversity management and assessment, on-site sewer assessment and acid sulfate soils management. GeoLINK also liaised with stakeholders including NSW Fisheries, WaterNSW, Crown Lands, NSW Environmental Protection Authority, Tweed Shire Council staff and Councillors, Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council, local canegrowers and adjoining landholders.
The proposed farm will cultivate algae which produces a high nutritional value food product using significantly less water and a smaller footprint compared to traditional agricultural practices. Earth is facing an ever increasing food dilemma from a number of causes including drought, depletion of krill supplies, human conflict and population growth. In this sense, algae cultivation provides an important solution to the world food crisis and reduces the environmental impacts associated with agriculture and food production.
The farm will consist of algae cultivation tanks as well as water holding tanks and operations buildings to accommodate the office, laboratory, engineering, amenities, algae processing and storage facilities. Marine water will be taken from the Rous River, stored within holding tanks and processed through a purification/sanitisation system that also balances the salinity levels for optimal algae growth. Process water generated from the cultivation process is filtered and returned to the river in a state that presents no water quality or biosecurity issues to the receiving waterway.
The algae will be harvested twice a week and is processed into a concentrated paste that is chilled and stored for sale. This product can be used for whole foods, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals and animal feeds. The algae farm has received Development Application approval and is currently in the next phase of planning.