Sugar yes vote urged
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.”