The Community

Cleveland Power and the Community:

THE Cleveland Power Project is recognized globally for its innovation and clever use of technology.

It’s a project that reinstates, for life, the Redland City mantle South East Queensland’s GREEN HUB.

Apart from the obvious benefit of supplying green and renewable power into the grid for use by all Queenslanders, Cleveland Power’s Mt Cotton Project will create 82 new jobs for the city.

It dedicates Redland City to smart industry and establishes a new company that will investigate and pursue renewable energy options for the future.

The community can be proud that the Power Plant maintains Redland City’s dedication to environment and eco-sustainability.

For starters, the burning of chicken littler provides a more environmentally sound solution than present disposal methods of chicken litter.

Chief concerns raised and addressed have included:


There will be no odour from the Power Station at all. The odour from burning chicken littler breaks down when temperatures reach 600 degrees Celsius. The Power Plant burns at between 820 degrees and 960 degrees Celsius.

Also any air captured in the storage shed is pulled into the furnace and burnt as well, which eliminates any potential for leakage.

Toxic Fumes from the Stack:

There are no toxic emissions. There are only two waste streams from this ingenious and time tested process.

The first is heat, (through the mechanical process not all heat can be converted into steam and will flow through a series of filtration systems before it is released into the atmosphere);

The second waste is ash, this material has had all of the nitrogen taken out of it through the combustion process and leaves a high grade fertiliser that can be used in the horticulture industry.

Emissions from the stack will be non-toxic, odourless heat haze steam and only visible from time to time.

Reduced Truck movements

The Golden Cockerel Group produces far in excess of what it requires as fuel. There will be a reduced traffic flow as trucks currently used to gather chicken litter now have to drive out of REDLAND to dispose of it. Currently our trucks are forced to use major roadways for lengthy trips and periods of time transporting the litter to areas outside of the city.

This plant eradicates that traffic flow.

Mt Cotton Rd has approximately 1,200 vehicles movements per hour during peak times. The 6 vehicles per day entering the Power Plant will not increase the traffic on Mt Cotton Road; in fact it will reduce the number of vehicles leaving Redland City.

Also there will be no more pick-ups of chicken litter than occurs now. The Power Plant will mean shorter trips for these trucks and will reduce the amount of time they are on local and major roads.

At present chicken litter is shipped as far north as Gympie and as far west a Warwick.

This in itself highlights issues with truck movements across the city as well as reducing the carbon foot print of the transport vehicles (less distance traveled means less fuel used thus less carbon emissions from transport vehicles) .

The plant eradicates these movements. Also, at present, local producers of litter have real difficulty each day trying to dispose of the problem.

The Power Plant, because it is so environmentally friendly poses no threat to wildlife.

No trees will be cut down and no clearing needs to take place to facilitate construction. Because of the reduction in transportation time, it is expected that wildlife in terms of road death, will be reduced. This is an environmentally sound and cost effective way of treating a waste and converting it to green energy.

On-Going Monitoring and Safeguards:
The Cleveland Power project has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency with strict conditions of operation.

The Environmental Protection Agency has examined all aspects of the level of emissions, as have independent consultants engaged by the Redland City Council. The power plant burns clean, thanks to modern technology.

The State Government has set a limit of just over 70,000 tonnes a year of litter to the power the plant. We will burn approximately 65,000 tonnes of chicken litter a year, below its State Government approved limit, and sourced from the local area only.

The process that will be employed for the Mt Cotton Plant is not new or untested – in fact most of the technology has been used in industry for over 100 years.

The concept of burning poultry litter is also not new; there are four (4) plants that have been operated in the United Kingdom for twenty (20) years. In Queensland there are also 3 Bio Mass Power Plants in operation

Cleveland Power – A new industry for Redland City