Wide­spread sup­port for decision

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Cane grower Ger­ard Puglisi: “It’s a good thing es­pe­cially for the lo­cal farm­ers. It will give us more se­cu­rity and the con­fi­dence to in­vest in new equip­ment for our farms.” Moss­man Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Kraig Byrnes: “It’s great that Mackay Sugar has the con­fi­dence in the lo­cal area by buy­ing the mill and keep­ing on the mill work­ers is just ter­rific. Mackay spend­ing lo­cally will also be a boost for our lo­cal econ­omy.” Moss­man Cane­grow­ers chair­man Drew Wat­son: “I think it is a good move. Mackay Sugar thinks along very much the same lines as we do and so we’re con­fi­dent of good things hap­pen­ing now and into the fu­ture. That’s the other big plus is con­fi­dence - it will re­turn con­fi­dence to the re­gion in a num­ber of pos­i­tive ways.” Moss­man Cen­tral Mill chair­man Bill Phillips-turner: “This is wel­come news. This en­sures we stay as part of a grower-owned com­pany that is well cap­i­talised and has a strong fo­cus on grower re­la­tions. Mackay Sugar also sup­ports Queens­land Sugar Limited (QSL) which is cru­cial in mar­ket­ing our sugar to the world.” Moss­man Agri­cul­tural man­ager Daryl Parker: “I have been away and so I haven’t had a chance to be in­volved first­hand but I have had a num­ber of dif­fer­ent peo­ple ring me and tell me it was a pos­i­tive for the in­dus­try and the re­gion and I’m in­clined to agree with them. It should give a lot of con­fi­dence to the grow­ers with some of them re­plant­ing and buy­ing new equip­ment and un­der­tak­ing more rig­or­ous main­te­nance pro­grams which will all fil­ter down to all of our lo­cal traders which will give us all a much-needed lift.” Cane grower Doug Crees: “At this stage I think the news is good but there will be a share­hold­ers’ meet­ing some­time next week and I will know more then.”

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