Local mallee product hits market

A new bio-energy product made from mallee offers opportunity for local diversification in land use. True Blue Mallee Pty Ltd is continuing to work closely with local landholders and has launched its brand new briquette heating product at the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival.

Company Director, Dave Hall, who helped out on the stall at Katoomba said, “The response by people was very encouraging. Sales were excellent and there is a real and genuine interest in the product and the New Mallee Industry that we are initiating around Condobolin”.

“Fire Extender Bioblox has been specifically developed as the initial product to underpin the New Mallee Industry”, fellow company Director Peter Milthorpe commented. “It has been important for us to develop a high-value end product that can generate reasonable returns for landholders who are considering growing mallee for biomass and energy production”, he said.

Company Chairman Dr Bob Smith, who was previously Director General of State Forests and Land and Water Conservation also attended the stall. He said that he was most encouraged by the significant interest by the general public in Bioblox which have been developed under the leadership of company CEO Sandy Booth over the past 3 years.  “The density and resulting long-burning nature of the highly compressed briquettes mean that they burn hotter for longer than most firewood on the Sydney market. Indications are that this will hit the right nerve with city people as electricity prices continue to soar” he said.

Bioblox have been produced from locally harvested and dried mallee and True Blue Mallee Pty Ltd will continue testing the Sydney market over the next few months before reporting back to Condobolin landholders who have expressed interest in growing mallee as a crop.

“The development of the new industry means we must start to get trees in the ground and planted according to standard protocols which will optimise efficient and co-ordinated production,” Peter Milthorpe said.

It is still ‘early days’, but the company Directors are encouraged by their entry into the market place and also that they are getting return sales from customers keen to continue using Bioblox to supplement their firewood.

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