Development Benefits

Employment Opportunities

The project will involve substantial employment and training from trades people (plumbers, electricians, mechanics), process workers, animal husbandry workers, technicians and scientists through to management positions. Training would range from apprenticeships, certificate courses, postgraduate research and possibly some pre graduate involvement. Project design incorporates practical and formal training/research facilities. A commitment has been made by ABLP during consultation with the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council to favourably consider indigenous employment in the project.

Skills Development and Training
The company’s R&D arm will be relocated from Queensland to the site, which will involve further research and development into Lobster, together with other marine species and biotechnology. It is also intended to encourage an expanded involvement in providing opportunities for postgraduates.

Environment Related Industries and Issues
ABLP has and will continue to explore technology that further improves waste management practices and brings value from its treatment of waste and by-products; these include but are not limited to the production of chitin, fertilizers, stock supplements and methane gas.

Tourism and Value-add to Traditional Industries
Far North East NSW has a long tradition for supplying quality seafood; the ABLP project will build and complement the traditional industries in this area.Whilst not projected within the company’s business plan at this time, requests have been made during the community consultation process regarding the possibility of incorporating a tourism and public education component. A commitment has been made to consider this provision.

Business Development

The project will require the assistance of a number of local industries including those active in:

  • Building and construction
  • Plumbing and electrical
  • Training and education
  • Transport and logistics
  • Where possible a “buy local” policy will be observed.

Several benefits would accrue to the Far NE NSW following the establishment of this project, including:

  • A substantial annual export income growing from an initial $15m for Stage 1a to more than $100m on completion of the projected expansions.
  • Direct employment of more than 30 new jobs would be created in Stage 1a, growing to 200 jobs on completion of the projected expansions.
  • Formal training from vocational to post-graduate tertiary within the world’s fastest growing agri-business sector Help the economic development and growth of ancillary industries, creating new rural employment and diversify and strengthen the rural industry base of Far NE NSW. The averaged employment multiplier for aquaculture quoted, by AFFA for 1999-2001, being 3 indirect EFT jobs for every direct job created
  • Giving the Tweed/Far NE NSW the ability to promote Bay Lobster as part of its unique local/regional cuisine brand, with local establishments having access to a clean and organic quality live lobster as well as the home of the only soft shell lobster in the world
  • The potential development of a significant aquaculture/biotechnology precinct within future stages which would include further hatchery development to support industry, stock enhancement and ongoing Research & Development
  • An alternative, viable primary production that employs processes that are both environmentally benign and sustainable. The facility will reduce pressure on the wild-catch of Bay Lobster.

Building on the heritage of the region as an area known for supplying quality seafood.

If you have any comments or concerns regarding the development, please refer to the Contact Us page for details on our lines of communication that we be maintaining during the course of the development.