WORK has commenced on the first-stage of a $35 million project that will deliver a three-pronged expansion at Mort & Co’s Grassdale Feedlot near Dalby on Queensland’s Darling Downs. The project includes the expansion of the feedlot from 48,000 to 70,000 SCUs (Standard Cattle Units); the first stage construction of a plant to convert composted manure into granulated fertiliser, and the development of a fired electricity generation plant The feedlot expansion is scheduled to begin in the next month, while the granulation plant is nearing final design and should be under construction within six months. During a recent Country Cabinet meeting in Toowoomba Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, announced the project would receive a funding injection from the Queensland Government’s $150 million Jobs and Regional Growth Fund. His office said the level of funding support involved was covered by commercial in confidence restrictions and could not be divulged. However the Minister said the $35 million expansion represented a significant job creation project and would provide an ongoing economic boost for the region’s premi...