Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

JOHN Gor­ringe breathed a sigh of re­lief as Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill crushed its mil­lionth tonne of the sea­son just be­fore 2pm yes­ter­day.

The sea­son can only be de­scribed as a roller-coaster ride, as Mr Gor­ringe re­vealed forecasts ear­lier this year showed the to­tal could have dropped to as low as 800,000 tonnes.

“That would’ve been a dis­as­ter,” the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer said.

Isis mill’s tar­get is about dou­ble that fig­ure, with most eyes set on try­ing to bet­ter 2012’s record mark of 1.5 mil­lion tonnes.

Mr Gor­ringe said ini­tial bud­gets had al­lowed for a crush of almost 950,000 tonnes, with the com­bined ef­fect of se­vere drought and frost caus­ing low­ered pre­dic­tions.

That fig­ure has since been re­vised up to 1.15m tonnes, and Mr Gor­ringe held hope it could budge last year’s fig­ure of 1.164m.

“It’s a re­ally good re­sult, con­sid­er­ing what it could’ve been,” he said.

“It was look­ing to be a com­plete dis­as­ter.”

Mr Gor­ringe said this year’s crush was ex­pected to end in the next two-and-a-half weeks.


DIS­AS­TER AVERTED: Isis Cen­tral CEO John Gor­ringe is re­lieved the crush has passed the mil­lion-tonne mark.

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