Project number: 2021-133
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $1,800,000.00
Principal Investigator: Andrew Taylor
Organisation: Regional Circularity Cooperative Limited
Project start/end date: 30 Oct 2022 - 29 Jan 2026


Over the next 3 years, the FRDC’s Circular Economy Program plans to deliver five separate initiatives that will educate and engage stakeholders and communities. The program has been designed to support the FRDC’s Vision “Fish Forever 2030: Collaborative, vibrant fishing and aquaculture, creating diverse benefits from aquatic resources, and celebrated by the community” to enable the transformation of regions to be more circular, working to improve industrial symbiosis and engagement with stakeholders, and in doing so, build resilience to climate change.

The RCC convenes a network of organisations to deliver circularity initiatives. Informed and powered by two global circular economy design and strategic delivery partners, KPMG Australia, and Rabobank, coupled with education and research institutions Charles Sturt University (CSU) and University of Wollongong (UOW), this program has been designed around the ‘Principles of Resilience’ with an embedded impact evaluation framework (at both program and project level) to measure outcomes and monitor performance. Key industry groups and participants in the ecosystem, for example Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters, Fishing Co-ops, mussel farmers, Ocean2 Earth, Pentarch, seaweed businesses, and so on, may be engaged throughout the process as appropriate. Other agencies such as Local Land Services and Department of Regional NSW may also play a role.

It should be noted, there are many participants yet to be engaged, for example Oysters Australia, Oceanwatch, NSW Farmers, DPI Fisheries (Aquaculture), all of whom will have done some work on moving towards a more sustainable industry, upon which the program will be built.


1. Provide inclusive stakeholder engagement, supporting a range of stakeholders in their journey to circularity with training for primary producers to train the trainer opportunities, as well as an Accelerator program supports those testing and explore new ideas in circularity.
2. Develop effective collaboration between SMEs and participants to foster knowledge sharing in supportive environments with not only knowledgeable SMEs but also those very willing to share their expertise with a wider audience.
3. Develop the skills and capability of participants to allow growth beyond this 3-year program of work, and incorporate circular economy knowledge, skills and capability of those in the region to build momentum towards future and further circularity.
4. Develop a blueprint to scale with Year 1 focused on foundations and setting the program up for success - whilst this will be initially regional, we will leverage international capabilities, insights and learnings to guide development and extension to Year 2 and Year 3.

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