Mil­lion dol­lar grant for su­gar in­dus­try

Isis Town and Country - - News -

ISIS Cen­tral Su­gar Mill (ICSM) has se­cured a $1.23 mil­lion grant un­der the Na­tional Wa­ter In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Fund, to in­ves­ti­gate ac­cess to wa­ter stor­age in­fra­struc­ture in the Gayndah area.

A fea­si­bil­ity anal­y­sis will de­ter­mine if wa­ter around the Gayndah area can be ac­cessed on vol­umes vi­able to de­velop land to grow sug­ar­cane.

Other steps such as sug­ar­cane plant va­ri­ety tri­als and trans­port links will also be con­sid­ered as part of the over­all as­sess­ment.

ICSM Chair­man Peter Russo said the com­pany is com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing sug­ar­cane sup­ply and find­ing more ar­eas suit­able for grow­ing sug­ar­cane is a key pri­or­ity.

“Cur­rently there are in­suf­fi­cient wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions avail­able around the Gayndah area and ad­di­tional wa­ter stor­age in­fra­struc­ture will likely be re­quired for any po­ten­tial sug­ar­cane crops to pro­ceed,” Mr Russo said.

Work on the fea­si­bil­ity anal­y­sis is ex­pected to com­mence shortly and con­tinue into early 2017.

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