Cane grow­ers call for end to ‘green tape’ chok­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

of ap­pren­tices in the re­gion.

“The Moss­man Sugar Mill was a ma­jor trainer of peo­ple in a whole raft of trades but once they are trained up many of the big min­ing com­pa­nies are poach­ing them from the town,” Mr Wat­son said.

“We do not be­grudge these young blokes one bit for be­ing of­fered big-pay­ing jobs in the mines but that is one thing the Gov­ern­ment must ad­dress be­cause the mines do not in­vest in the train­ing of these ap­pren­tices and lure them away from their towns and this in turn is dec­i­mat­ing the skills base left in those towns.”

Push­ing for change: Cane­grow­ers CEO Steve Green­wood at Rocky Point and (inset) Moss­man Cane­grow­ers’ chair­man Drew Wat­son squeezes some fresh sugar syrup into his cuppa

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