Har­vest halted

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

RAIN and ma­chin­ery main­te­nance has halted the su­gar cane har­vest and the crush­ing of the cane billets at Mackay Su­gar’s Moss­man Mill.

There are 13 cane har­vesters work­ing in the re­gion har­vest­ing this sea­son’s su­gar cane crop but last Fri­day all of the har­vesters and the sup­port ve­hi­cles had to stop work due to the ex­tremely wet pad­docks.

Op­er­a­tions man­ager of the mill Haydn Slat­tery said it was too wet for the heavy ma­chin­ery to get into the pad­docks.

“Be­ing this wet, if we sent in the ma­chines they would just be bogged and also the amount of mud and rub­bish be­ing picked up by the har­vesters is not ideal,” Mr Slat­tery said. STILL pour­ing over your mas­ter­piece to meet to­mor­row’s dead­line for the Gazette/ Reef Writ­ers short story and po­etry com­pe­ti­tion?

Then re­lax, or­gan­is­ers have ex­tended the dead­line to Fri­day, July 27, to en­cour­age more bud­ding authors to get in­volved.

“As much as we want to keep the ma­chines out in the crops har­vest­ing, the down­time has also al­lowed us to carry out much-needed main­te­nance on some of our mill crush­ing equip­ment.

“We’ve had dam­age caused to some of our rollers due to the amount of mud and rub­bish that has been picked due to the wet con­di­tions but these should be re­paired by Mon­day to co­in­cide with the har­vesters due to start work again.”

Mean­while, 72,900 tonnes of cane has so far been har­vested and crushed at the mill which is slightly up on last year’s fig­ure ac­cord­ing to Mr Slat­tery and the CCS level is at 11.9, down slightly when in the first week of the har­vest the fig­ure was 12.1.

The best en­tries in the var­i­ous cat­e­gories will win vouch­ers from While­away book store on Macrossan St and will have their work pub­lished in the Gazette.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, see page 36 of to­day’s Gazette.

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