January 12, 2021
On Tuesday 12 January 2021, Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA and Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC announced a total of $3.5 million to upgrade, with the assistance of Horizon Power, electricity supply infrastructure and progress approvals towards the creation of a cotton processing plant in the East Kimberley. The infrastructure will support the installation of a high voltage power supply line and network upgrade to supply clean, renewable power from the Pac Hydro’s Lake Argyle generation system to the proposed site for a cotton gin on Mulligans Lagoon Road.
The establishment of a gin to separate and clean the cotton fibre is central to the development of a viable industry in the State’s north, which would otherwise need to transport cotton for processing to Queensland, reducing profit margins.
A recent study indicated a new cotton gin could create more than 1,000 local jobs in its first 10 years, generating $1.19 billion in cotton lint exports and additional value-add benefits from retaining cotton seed as feed for the local cattle industry.
Cotton trials in the Ord River Irrigation Area over the past four years using the new generation Bollgard3 variety, with improved pest and disease resistance, have proven successful, with 1,200 hectares grown across the irrigation area in 2020.
For more information, please visit Ministerial announcement: Powering ahead on Ord cotton gin