Two Canberra businesses have had key environmental projects received the backing of the Liberal-National Government, securing over $1.5 million for their projects under our Business Research and Innovative Initiative (BRII), and the Commercialisation Fund.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said Thaum Pty Ltd has received $1 million under the BRII to develop WhalePOD, a state of the art technology system to track and detect whales at sea, aiding industry stakeholder comply with environmental plans.

A project headed by Samsara Recycling, in conjunction with W360 R&D Pty Ltd, the Australian National University and CSIRO, has received $568,490 through the Liberal-National Government’s Commercialisation Fund to develop advanced manufacturing processes for the recycling of waste plastic, Senator Seselja also announced today.

“The pilot plant will break down plastic waste into its original building blocks for reuse to manufacture new food-grade plastics and polyester and is expected to prevent up to 100,000 tonnes of plastic polymers such as PET from ending up in our landfill each year,” Senator Seselja said.

“Projects such as these are not only showing the ingenuity we have in Canberra, but are also about helping solve challenges right across our nation,” Senator Seselja said.

“I commend Thaum and Samsara Recycling for spearheading projects that will harness technology to help improve our natural environment and outcomes for future generations.”

More information on the BRII is available at, and on the Commercialisation Fund at