Fly farm to turn waste into local jobs

  • McGowan Government allocates almost $100,000 to Broome’s Waste Not Food Recycling to establish a fly farming facility
  • Project to convert organic waste into protein for feed and fertiliser products 
  • Broome will soon be home to an innovative black soldier fly farming facility to convert organic waste into high-value products with the support of the McGowan Government.

    The McGowan Government has allocated $97,039 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 across Australia’s north.

    Waste Not Food Recycling was founded by Broome’s Lauren Bell, runner-up in the 2020 WA AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

    The project is being supported through the McGowan Government’s Regional Economic Development Grants.

    As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “While not exactly glamourous, fly farming presents a fantastic opportunity to turn our organic waste into high-value products and local jobs.

    “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.

    “Imaginative WA women like Lauren are seeing insect farming can create ingenious answers for waste management and sustainable protein manufacturing.”

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