Su­gar yes vote urged

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE di­rec­tors of Moss­man Cane­grow­ers are urg­ing ev­ery cane grower to rip open their vot­ing pa­pers and post back their ‘yes’ vote as soon as they re­ceive their su­gar poll bal­lot pa­pers this month.

Moss­man Cane­grow­ers chair­man Drew Wat­son said the new group, which would bring to­gether ex­ist­ing grower and miller re­search or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der the new group Su­gar Re­search Aus­tralia, would save on ad­min­is­tra­tive costs and achieve more sus­tain­able fund­ing.

“Bet­ter still, un­der the new sys­tem the levy would be statu­tory and com­pul­sory with a 50/50 grower/miller split, to guar­an­tee that all in the in­dus­try pay their share into the fu­ture,” he said.

“That would give our re­search sys­tems into the fu­ture the surety they need.”

Bureau of Su­gar Ex­per­i­ment Sta­tions chair­man Paul Wright said all BSES di­rec­tors also sup­ported the changes and want to see the su­gar poll vote suc­ceed.

“The in­dus­try is work­ing to­gether to es­tab­lish Su­gar Re­search Aus­tralia, backed by a sta­ble statu­tory levy at rea­son­able lev­els for grow­ers and millers in or­der to sus­tain vi­tal re­search.

This is the best di­rec­tion for the in­dus­try, and for tran­si­tion of BSES the com­pany, its re­search ac­tiv­i­ties and its 145 staff and as­so­ci­ated ca­sual work­force."

Mr Wat­son said con­tem­plat­ing vot­ing against the pro­posal to form Su­gar Re­search Aus­tralia was not a so­lu­tion.

“This will only continue the in­sta­bil­ity of BSES, the un­cer­tainty of its fund­ing and a sit­u­a­tion which per­pet­u­ates the in­her­ent flaws in the BSES con­sti­tu­tion that have con­trib- uted to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion," he said.

“Hav­ing strong re­search is the best way to stay in­ter­na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive and be­ing a coun­try which sells about 80 per cent of its pro­duc­tion on to the ex­port mar­ket, re­tain­ing the lead­ing edge over our com­peti­tors is crit­i­cal.

“All the di­rec­tors of Cane­grow­ers Moss­man, the ma­jor milling cor­po­rates in­clud­ing Moss­man Mill owner, Mackay Su­gar, have agreed to sup­port this, and now it’s up to the in­dus­try to get in and vote ‘yes’, to make this hap­pen.”

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