Cane growers call for end to ‘green tape’ choking
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