AI Future for Cherbourg Recycling Business

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council is preparing to spearhead an Australian first in Artificial Intelligence (AI) integrated technologies at its Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Cherbourg.

Sean Nicholson is the Economic & Community Development Manager at Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council (CASC) and he says he is “excited about this one, some great working partners and sponsors” coming on board to develop a new “Cherbourg Data Hub” kitted out with the latest computers and technology.

The emerging technology is the first of its kind in Australia and represents unique, ground floor opportunities for our community.

The projects’ goal is to develop artificial intelligence for the waste industry, computer knowledge and brainpower to identify and sort waste visually and to count items for the purpose of auditing.

Expression of Interest

As the program quickly progresses with planned upgrades to the MRF starting roll out, Mr Nicholson says he is interested in meeting with people who have confidence working on Ipads and laptops and interested in learning about:

  • Quality assurance
  • Collaboration & Effective Teamwork
  • Data entry
  • Using Chromebook pc
  • Browser-based workflows

CASC will be working with Noosa Councils Perigian Digital Hub and Advance Queensland and Indigenous Land and Sea Company for an 18 month to 2-year project.

Participants will be engaged on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) program.

As there will be a lot of screen time and sitting involved, participants would be working a couple of hours a day in shifts and then go about other duties.

Mr Nicholson says getting these sorts of projects off the ground are a challenge in the early stages due too little to no funding for wages, but well worthwhile in the long run as the outcomes are achieved and funding and revenue opportunities start to open up, not to mention the skills, qualifications that participants can earn and doors that can be opened for themselves by being in on the ground floor.

Growing the Next Generation of Data Analysts

The Cherbourg AI project will aim to build a team of talented computer-savvy young people who have an interest in STEM and are looking to get involved in the technology industry. The project will work to develop an artificial intelligence system for automatically identifying and counting containers that flow through our Cherbourg MRF. 

Sean Nicholson

“We have exciting openings on the team for data analysts whose job it will be to label and process the imagery that teaches the AI to see” Mr Nicholson said. 

These roles offer potential team members a unique opportunity to work at the cutting edge of the technology industry. Data analysts will have the chance to learn all about artificial intelligence and how computer vision can be used to solve important problems in the world.

Analysts will learn valuable skills that are in high-demand areas like data processing, image labelling and software testing. Analysts will be based at the new Cherbourg Data Hub facility which has been kitted out with the latest computers and technology.

The project, a partnership between the Cherbourg Council and the Peregian Digital Hub in Noosa, is funded under the Qld State Government’s Advance Queensland program and has support from some of the world’s leading technology brands.

If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting opportunity, Council is keen to meet with you and others involved in this project to answer your questions.

Get in touch with us at Cherbourg Council on 07 4168 1866 or email