Council approves new industrial development

12th October 2017 10:40 AM
NEW DEVELOPMENT: G Crumpton and Sons received conditional approval to build a new peanut seed processing plant. NEW DEVELOPMENT: G Crumpton and Sons received conditional approval to build a new peanut seed processing plant. Michael Nolan

WITH the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries ending its peanut breeding program, private operators have been forced to develop their own alternatives.

To this end G Crumpton and Sons moved to build a seed processing plant at their Bunya Highway site.

The South Burnett Regional Council voted to approve the application at its October meeting on Wednesday.

Sonie Crumpton said the family owned company would be able to process 1000-2000 tonnes of peanut seed each year.

"We started breeding our own variety of peanuts and we need somewhere to process the seed so I can keep keep moving ahead on our breeding program,” she said.

Before the processor can be installed the Crumptons need to build a shed to house it.

Mr Crumpton said he expected the project to be finished by the end of 2019.

Plans to build a new seed processor have been on the cards for a number of years.

"We started the seed program five years ago or more,” Mr Crumpton said.

"It's slow but it is progressing.”

In order to breed seed the Crumptons have to plant out acres of new crops and select seed from the best performing plants.

"You're trying to get that 1% that is better than the rest,” Mr Crumpton said.

"It's a slow, painful process but it needs to be done if you want to stay in the peanut industry.

"It'll be good for us and make us go into the future stronger.”

Mr Crumpton said the processor would not go on the large slab the family cleared nearby about a year ago.

He may sell, lease it or build on it.

"It is a good pad, if someone wants to do something we're open to ideas but we have no plans for it,” Mr Crumpton said.