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A cleaner future
Thanks to the Coles Nurture Fund, Australian businesses are finding new and progressive ways to be more sustainable. Soon, a red vacuum truck will begin making its way through the lush hills surrounding the NSW town of Nowra, collecting manure from 18 dairy farms to be turned into renewable energy for the region.
The purchase of this unique truck is one of the latest sustainable farming initiatives made possible through the Coles Nurture Fund, which helps small and medium producers and farmers turn great business ideas into a brighter future for Australia. The fund encourages businesses to drive innovation and sustainability.
The vacuum truck will be brought to Australia by NSW agricultural business Sawmill Circuit thanks to a $455,000 grant from the fund. The truck will transport the manure to a biogas plant – the first of its kind in Australia. For Sawmill’s David Ryan, the truck will not only contribute to creating green energy and improving sustainable farming in the region, it will also help to deal with environmental issues in the area. “This will make a significant difference to the effluent management of dairy farms in Nowra,” says David. “It will enable the farmers to collect manure for the plant, also solving an ongoing environmental problem which occurs when heavy rainfall leads to effluent run-off into the Shoalhaven River.”
The local Coles dairy suppliers involved in the project will receive cheaper electricity as well as chemical-free liquid fertiliser for their pastures, making this full-circle scheme a win-win for all. “By helping to fund initiatives which reduce water use, increase renewable energy and support local production, we aim to drive generational sustainability in Australia,” says Coles Group CEO Steven Cain. The Coles Nurture Fund has granted more than $28 million to more than 80 producers since 2015.