Green Triangle Biochar Study Tour

“MAINSTREAMING BIOCHAR IN OUR REGIONS”

DATES Sun 20 – Tue 22 October 

Mount Gambier, Portland, Tantanoola. Australia

Biochar is starting to be used at commercial scale in several regions around the world.

Australia’s Green Triangle is becoming one of those regions.

How and where is Biochar used?

What is driving use of Biochar in these regions?

What are the benefits that have been seen?

What is limiting Biochar use in other regions?

The Study Tour will be of interest to Farmers, Horticulturists, Viticulturists, Foresters, Councils, Road and Building Products Providers and those seeking to assist the broader adoption of this decisive tool for climate change mitigation and sustainable development.

Study Tour intent
  1. Attract and involve potential commercial scale users of Biochar
  2. Give them practical advice on using Biochar at commercial scale
  • likely responses by animals, crops, compost etc to Biochar
  • how do we use Biochar?
  • what dose has worked for others?
  • what mixes have worked for others?
  • what works best in the soils of this region
  • man in the street guide on Biochar quality
  • Biochar is being commercialised and that is the purpose of the Study Tour. The sessions will be clearly understandable for farmers, graziers, orchardists, vineyard owners – potential biochar users. It will cover what works, what may not work, what absolsolutely won’t work.

To network international and local commercial scale users of Biochar

Who Should attend?

Current users of Biochar and those interested in using Biochar for:

  • animal health
  • composting
  • horticulture
  • viticulture
  • building soil carbon
  • agriculture
  • forestry
  • building products
  • road building
  • consumer products
  • carbon sequestration
  • remediation of soil and water

Those seeking to assist the broader adoption of this decisive tool for climate change mitigation and sustainable development.

ACCOMMODATION

We have made a group booking for delegates at the Quality Inn Presidential, Mt Gambier which is a very clean and tidy establishment with very large rooms at reasonable prices!  https://www.qualityinnpresidential.com/

We encourage you to book your accommodation directly through us @ https://anzbc.org.au/accommodation/

Please Note: ANZBI Study Tour will take a 10% commission on the group book to cover adminsitration costs and help reach our project budget.

Mt Gambier also has a large range of options. Portland several good options. Other options at Millicent, Beachport etc.

Portland also has a broad range of accommodation. 

ACCESS

Road: scenic drives from Melbourne via Ballarat & Grampians or Torquay and Great Ocean Road. From Adelaide via Coonawarra. Major hire car companies operate across this region.

A coach ride is a wonderful way to network and share ideas. If there is sufficient interest, the Study Tour organisers will hire a coach from Adelaide Airport Saturday 19 October and to Melbourne CBD Wednesday 23 October. This will need to be pre-booked. If you are interested in this please email admin@anzbc.org.au

Air: REX operates 45 minute 33 seater SAAB 340 flights morning & afternoon in and out of Mt Gambier from Melbourne or Adelaide. Please note: these flights are usually quite full. If you wish to fly we suggest book your flights two or three months beforehand.

 http:// www.rex.com.au

PROPOSED STUDY TOUR AGENDA

DAY 1 SUNDAY

DAY 1 SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 

‘BIOCHAR USE IN 4 REGIONS’ WORKSHOP MT GAMBIER CITY HALL

0900 Welcome (Mt Gambier Mayor – Lynette Martin OAM)

0915 Introduction to Study Tour

Why we suggest that Biochar is poised to become Mainstream.

MORNING SESSION: Biochar Use in Four Regions

Speakers to cover: Major uses of Biochar in each Region and the benefits that users are reporting. What are the Drivers? Why are these people using Biochar?

Includes 10 minutes Q/A.

0930 – 1000 Manjimup WA (Doug Pow and Kathy Dawson)

1000 –  1030 Kaindorf Austria (Gerald Dunst)

1030 – 1100 Nanjing China (Genxing Pan & Stephen Joseph)

1100 – 1120 coffee/tea

1120 – 1150 US Region/Segment (Tom Miles)

1150- 1230 What are the benefits seen by Australia and New Zealand users of Biochar? ANZBI survey results. Quantify the benefits. What is biochar’s value in use? Presenter TBA

1230 – 1320 LUNCH

AFTERNOON SESSION: The Recipe

Commercial Scale Biochar Applications that have worked well.

Speakers to cover what has worked/not worked. Biochar type, mixes, application methods, application rates, results 1st year, following years, impacts on soil health, animal health, air and water quality, other impacts.

Includes 10 minutes Q/A.

1320 – 1350 Biochar & Compost (Gerald Dunst)

1350 – 1420 Avocados (Doug Pow)

1420 – 1450 Animal Feed (Dominik Dunst)

1450 – 1520 Biochar and Bitumen – future potential (Alex Let)

1530 – 1600 Enhancing Biochars (Stephen Joseph)

1600 – 1630 Wood Vinegar – a summary of what we know (TBA)

1630 – 1700 Biochar, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (Tom Miles)

1700 – 1730 Panel Discussion. What is driving the commercial use of Biochar? What do we collectively need to do better?

1730 – 1900 Welcome drinks / canapes / Biochar & Culture (TBA)

DAY 2 MONDAY

‘VISIT AN ASPIRING BIO-ECONOMY HUB’

PORTLAND

Bus Transport to and from Mt Gambier (~1hr 15min one way)

Depart Mt Gambier precinct 0830 (pick ups before)

Locals & self transporters need to meet at known location to allow bus transport to field trials (Don & Doug co-ordinate)

MORNING SESSION: LOCAL FIELD TRIALS

Presenters explain the trial context, objectives, methods, analysis, results so that it makes sense both to locals and to visitors who aren’t familiar with this type of soil, climate, crop, animal, pests…

1000 – 1230 Visit Field Trial Sites (Doug Phillips and Dion Borg GHCMA)

  • Gorae West Wheat trial – visit & report
  • Animal Feed Trials – visit & report
  • Forestry trial or 2nd animal feed trial – visit & report

 

1245 – 1300 Welcome to Portland & Bio Economy project (Greg Burgoyne Glenelg Shire CEO)

1300 – 1330 Lunch at the Richmond Henty

1330 – 1400 What makes Biochar Work/Not Work? Biochar for Soil Standards (Stephen Joseph)

1400 – 1430 What local soils and crops would respond well to Biochar (Lukas)

1430 – 1500 Biochar and Cattle Feed – 6 years on (Doug Pow)

1500 – 1530 Kaindorf Soil Carbon Project. Future potential for Biochar (Gerald Dunst)

1530 – 1600 Potential for Biochar in Green Triangle Forestry operations (TBA)

1600 – 1700 Demonstration of Biochar for Street Tree Planting & Storm Water ‘Swale’ Doug Phillips and Glenelg Shire staff

1700 – 1845 Bus Return to Mt Gambier via Hot Water Loop & planned Bio-Economy Hub

DAY 3 TUESDAY

DAY 3 TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER

‘VISIT A WORKING BIOENERGY & BIOCHAR PLANT TANTANOOLA

‘VISIT A LARGE ORGANICS RECYCLER USING BIOCHAR’ WANDILO

Bus Transport to and from Mt Gambier (~ 30 minutes one way)

Depart Mt Gambier precinct 0830 (pick ups before)

0900 – 1030 Holla Fresh Tantanoola visit ECHO2 Bioenergy and Biochar Module

1030 – 1115 Bus to Tantanoola Tiger Hotel and Morning tea

1115 – 1200 Other Regional Biochar Trials (Doug Phillips and Russell Burnett)

1200 – 1230 Next Steps to commercial use of Biochar in your region? Panel

1230 – 1300 Lunch Tantanoola Tiger

1300 – 1330 Session for any outstanding items. Q/A.

1345 – 1500 Bus to Van Schaik’s BioGro at Wandilo (~30 minutes)

What was BioGro’s first year’s experience with Biochar? Where to from here? (Van Schaik’s)

Those in individual cars will need to confirm the exact destination and park at the BioGro offices on Wandilo Road & join the Bus.

1500 Wrap-up, closing, farewell on bus.

Bus to Mt Gambier Airport (15 minutes) and Mt Gambier (15 minutes)

Airport arrival by 1530 for afternoon flights to Melbourne and Adelaide.

 

 

 

 

 

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