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Goulburn Murray Woka Yurringa Project

The Goulburn Murray Woka Yurringa Energy Project is based on Yorta Yorta country around Greater Shepparton in the Goulburn Murray region of Victoria. ‘Woka’ means earth and ‘yurringa’ mean sun in Yorta Yorta language.

It's a planned utility-scale bioenergy project which aims to bring industrial-scale renewable energy to the region by converting straw, crop stubble and other feedstock into biogas, electricity and other co-products such as fertiliser, hydrogen and biomethanol. 

In late 2022, project developer Valorify (previously Pacific Heat and Power) facilitated an equity divestment arrangement with First Nations business Yurringa Energy for a share of the project.

Yurringa Energy, as a key partner and shareholder, will provide strategic and commercial support to the project, ensuring maximum participation from First Nations businesses.

Yurringa Energy's executive director Daniel Briggs hopes the project will lead to a range of employment opportunities, training and stimulus for the First Nations economy.

The Victorian government granted the project $411,759 in October 2022 through its Investment Fast Track Fund to complete planning works in order to advance the project to be investment ready.