Green Triangle Biochar Study Tour


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

To network international and local commercial scale users of Biochar and those aspiring to join that list.

To show examples of commercial use of biochar and share practical advice on how and where Biochar is likely to improve performance in those applications.

Show the growing list of commercial applications of Biochar and:

* the likely response to biochar addition to asphalt, concrete, animal feed, compost, horticulture, agriculture, soil and water remediation, golf courses and sporting fields

* how do we apply Biochar?

* what dose has worked for others?

* what mixes have worked for others?

* what is possible with the soils of this region

* man in the street guide on Biochar quality

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.


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.

Book a Coach Ride

We recommend for networking and entertainment value alone to fly into Adelaide and book the coach ride which will be departing (exact location to be notified) at approximately 3pm (S.A. time) on Saturday October 19 arriving approx 8pm in Mt Gambier where dinner is available to purchase from the restaurant @ our group booking motel Quality Inn Presidential

If you are attending our 3rd Confence thereafter, then book the coach to Melbourne on Wednesday October 23 via the maginifcent Great Ocean Road with a stop at The 12 Apostles and an Agroforestry site where you will see a Kon-Tiki stretch from Terra Preta Developments and some biomass processing equipment.

You can also book the coach for Adelaide to Mt Gambier only or Mt Gambier to Melbourne only. Book the coach ride here 

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.




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!

We encourage you to book your accommodation directly through us @

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. 





0800 Bus pick up Quality Inn 0815 Registration & coffee
0845 Welcome to Country (Aunty Michelle Jacquelin-Furr)
0900 Opening the Study Tour (Mt Gambier Mayor)
0915 – 0945 Introduction to Study Tour (Don Coyne and Peter Burgess) Why we suggest that Biochar is poised to become Mainstream. Today’s growing list of commercial applications.

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.

0945 – 1015 US Region/Segment (Tom Miles)

1015 – 1045 Russell Burnett via video link from Perry, Florida

1045 – 1115 Kaindorf Austria (Gerald Dunst)

1115 – 1130 coffee/tea

1130 – 1200 Manjimup WA (Doug Pow and Kathy Dawson)

1200 – 1230 Nanjing China (Dr Genxing Pan/Prof Stephen Joseph)

1230- 1300 What are the benefits seen by Australia and New Zealand users of Biochar? ANZBI survey results. What is biochar’s value in use?(Don/Stephen/Sam)

1300 – 1345 LUNCH

AFTERNOON SESSION: The Recipe Commercial Scale Biochar Applications working today or under commercial testing. Speakers to cover what has worked/not worked. Biochar type, mixes, application methods, application rates, results short term, long term, impacts on soil health, animal health, air and water quality, other impacts. Includes 10 minutes Q/A.

1345- 1415 Biochar & Compost (Gerald Dunst)

1415 – 1445 Animal Feed (Dominik Dunst)

1500 – 1530 afternoon tea

1530 – 1600 Avocados (Doug Pow)

1600 -1630 Enhancing Biochars with additives – commercial practices (Stephen Joseph)

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

1700 – 1730 Biochar & Crowdfunding (Pia Piroschka Otte)

1730 – 1800 Panel Discussion. What is driving the commercial use of Biochar? What do we collectively need to do better?

1800 – 1915 Welcome drinks / canapes Save




Bus Transport departs 0745 (SA time) from Quality Inn Presidential, 156 Jubilee Hwy W, Mount Gambier. Liz McKinnon and Elisabeth Perkins will be tour guides. The trip to Portland takes ~1hr 15min one way.

Please note the 30 minute State wide time difference between South Australia (Mt Gambier) and Victoria (Portland). All times below are Victorian time (eg 0745 SA is 0815 VIC).

No morning tea stop is planned. We advise everyone to bring a drink and a snack. There will be a short comfort break at Gorae Hall.
Locals & self transporters not travelling on the busses will need to meet at #1470 Portland Mt Nelson Rd. Gorae West by 0945 (Victorian time) to view the field trials.

Morning session Time Location 7.45am (SA Time) Guests meet Quality Inn Presidential, 156 Jubilee Highway West, Mt Gambier 

7.50am (SA TIME) Travel to Victoria – 100kms 75 minutes

9.15am Gorae Hall comfort stop Liz will pack esky with water bottles

9.40am Travel to Health Road Sheep and Feed Trial Site

9.45am – 10.45am Grain and vegetable field trials

1470 Portland Nelson Road, Gorae Report from speaker and Q and A. Guest to walk to site.

10.45am Return to bus and travel to John Keillor property – travel time 5 minutes

11am John Keillor property study tour 41 Wilmots Road, Cashmore

Report from speaker and Q and A. Guest to walk to site.

12noon Travel to Portland

12.15pm Arrive Richmond Henty

12.30pm Lunch served

1pm Presentations begin Afternoon session Time Presenter Theme

1pm Welcome to Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank

Powering Glenelg video 1.15pm – 1.45pm

Greg Butler Other Regional Biochar projects 1.45pm – 2.15pm

Doug Pow Biochar and Cattle Feed 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Gerald Dunst Kaindorf Soil Carbon Project 2.45pm – 3.15pm

Tea Break 3.15pm – 3.45pm

Alex Let Biochar and Asphalt, planned road trials 3.45pm – 4.30 pm

Lukas Van Zwieten Regional opportunities for biochar based fertilisers. What local soils and crops would do well with biochar 4.30pm – 5.00pm

Peter Burgess Preview of Day 3 at HollaFresh and Van Schaik’s 5.00pm – 5.15pm

Pack-up return to bus, travel to beach swale site at Nuns Beach, Lee breakwater Road, Portland foreshore 5.15pm – 5.30pm

Adam Smith Biochar in Storm Water “Swale” 5.30 pm

Bus Return to Mt Gambier via Hot Water Loop & planned Bio-Economy Hub 6.30 pm (SA TIME) Arrive Mt Gambier



Bus Transport departs 0815 (SA time) Quality Inn Presidential, Mt Gambier 156 Jubilee Hwy W, Mount Gambier. Mt Gambier to Tantanoola is ~40 minutes one way.

(STEVE CHAPPLE speak on Bus 1) 0900 – 1030 Holla Fresh at Tantanoola visit ECHO2 Bioenergy and Biochar Module Holla-Fresh’s first months of experience with ECHO2. Where to from here? Those in individual cars will need to arrive at the Holla-Fresh office at Whites Rd Tantanoola and sign in and receive a high vis vest at the main office by 0900.

1030-1100 Bus to BioGro at Wandilo (~30 minutes) (STEVE CHAPPLE speak on Bus 2)

1100 – 1200 Van Schaik’s BioGro at Wandilo visit a large organics recycling operation. BioGro supply the recycled wood and receive the biochar from Holla-Fresh. BioGro’s first months of experience with Biochar. Next steps? Those in individual cars will need to arrive at the BioGro office at Wandilo Rd by 1100 to join the bus tour of the Wandilo facility.

1200 – 1240 Bus to Mt Gambier City Hall

1240 – 1300 Lunch

1330 – 1400 Biochar for Soil Standards. Status. What makes Biochar Work/Not Work in Soils? Analysis and Labelling. (Stephen Joseph)

1400- 1430 What local soils and crops would do well with Biochar. BNF Project (Lukas) √

1400 – 1430 Next Steps to commercial use of Biochar in your region? Panel 1430 – 1500 Session for any outstanding items. Q/A. 1500 Wrap-up, closing, farewells

Bus to Mt Gambier Airport (15 minutes) and to Quality Inn Presidential, Mt Gambier.

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



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