High-tech rural enterprise to expand on Redland Coast

An innovative rural enterprise is combining food waste, insect larvae and ground breaking technology to produce high quality animal feed on Redlands Coast.

Mayor Karen Williams today announced FlyFarm was partnering with Redland City Council to develop a local production facility on Redlands Coast.

“I am pleased to announce that Council has offered FlyFarm a lease over a portion of Council’s Macarthur Street land adjacent to the Redlands Research Facility where it will develop this innovative business,” Cr Williams said.

“FlyFarm takes food waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill and uses it to produce quality protein for pet, fish and animal feeds and other sustainably produced by-products.

“Council is committed to supporting innovative businesses and FlyFarm is not only a great example of innovation, it is also delivering exciting environmental outcomes by diverting food and organics waste from landfill.”

“FlyFarm is already providing benefits to our local economy by using local resources, creating new jobs as the company expands, and generating flow of new investment capital. I am confident this will only increase.”

Division 7 Councillor Rowanne McKenzie said the partnership with FlyFarm would deliver exciting benefits for the community.

“FlyFarm is a global insect farming company that builds biorefineries to upcycle organic waste into animal and agriculture feed product,” Cr McKenzie said.

“It also is unique because its insect farming system is run by in-house designed robotics and cloud connected software making it highly efficient.”

Fly Farm Co-CEO Constant Tedder said his company was “hugely excited” to be expanding its R&D and building a demonstration biorefinery in Redlands Coast, made possible by the Council’s support.

“We aim to transform the protein landscape by bioconverting organic waste and Redlands Research Facility provides an excellent location as we work with our partners in agri, food and beverage production and supermarkets to run trials to process their waste,” Mr Tedder said.

FlyFarm was one of the key presenters at the Redlands Coast AgTech Field Day at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Redlands Research Centre today.

Cr Williams said the technology on show at the field day – which had attracted local, regional and interstate businesses – highlighted advances in the area of farm automation, robotics and 24/7 farm management.