The Victorian government has convened a cross-party taskforce to investigate the industrial use of hemp in products such as bio-composite plastics and paper.
On August 29, the government announced the Industrial Hemp Taskforce will look at opportunities to grow the hemp industry by making more sustainable and environmentally friendly products.
The taskforce will engage with industry stakeholders, participants and research organisations to understand where the industry has potential, and whether regulations need to be amended to support growth.
The Victorian industry currently focuses on hemp seeds used for food, but the taskforce will look at opportunities for hemp in industrial applications.
It will investigate its use in products including textiles, bio-composite plastics, paper, automotive, construction, bio-fuel and oil.
Member for Mildura, Ali Cupper, said industrial hemp is an emerging industry, which the state government looking at harnessing in the best way possible.
Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, Fiona Patten, said commended the introduction of the taskforce, which is an opportunity to create a range of sustainable products.
“This will be a great opportunity for us to better understand the industry and the regulations surrounding industrial hemp, and then consider if changes are needed to grow the sector,” Patten said.