The Project
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The Project

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) is engaged in a project to build a Bioenergy from Waste facility in the Mount Alexander Shire to process local and regional organic waste and provide clean, green energy in return.


The first community-led bioenergy project, we embrace a circular-economy, zero-waste approach and aim to be a case-study for future community-led initiatives.

Artist's rendition of proposed Bioenergy site

Current Status

2022 Pre-construction stage


2015 Concept

2016 Pre-feasibility

2017-18 Feasibility study

2019-20 Site selection/negotiations

2021 Pre-construction

The Path Forward

The Bioenergy project will continue in a staged approach, with the development of the proposed twin technology bioenergy facility to focus on developing an Anaerobic Digester (AD) plant first and foremost. The safe, well-understood AD technology has been used around the world for decades and is common place in many town and villages and often adjacent to residential areas. The emissions saving for the total project is independently confirmed to be in excess of 88,500 tonnes CO2e per year and from the AD plant alone around 38,000 tonnes of CO2e.


With a simpler path through regulatory approvals, this approach will expedite the delivery of the project and in turn, start contributing to the much-needed reduction of emissions. The Biomass plant to be revisited when the AD is operational.

Project Benefits

The project has many benefits for the community including an expected reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by more than 88,500 tonnes of
per year – the equivalent of the shire’s total household emissions!

Benefits include:

  • Expected to drive an emissions reduction of 88,500 tonne CO2e per annum to ZNET
  • Divert ~36,000 tonnes (20% from Don KRC) of organic waste from landfill annually
  • 270,000 GJ of Renewable Energy produced
  • Expected reduction in noise and odour
  • Provide secure local employment opportunities in the shire
  • Anticipated future savings on waste costs for local rate payers, by avoiding landfill
  • Agricultural community to benefit through bio-fertiliser products
  • Contribution from profits to help fund future community projects
  • Community Bank type support of community projects
  • MASG projects supported