Working group tackles cane run
THE inaugural Community Working Group meeting was held in Mt Molloy on Monday to discuss future transportation of Tablelands cane to Mossman Mill.
Mackay Sugar formed the CWG to collaborate with community members of Mt Molloy and Julatten concerned about the 700,000 tonnes of cane being supplied from the Atherton Tablelands down to Mossman from next year.
Queensland Corporate Communications Network managing director David Donohue was appointed chairperson in recognition of his experience with similar groups and working with stakeholders.
Members of Mackay Sugar attended, along with Mossman Mill manager Haydn Slattery and state MP David Kempton who said the meeting was very constructive.
‘‘It was a long meeting and some common ground and points of discussion were identified,’’ he said.
‘‘The main concerns are the trucks on the road, the road conditions, the volume of trucks and interaction between wildlife, kids and other traffic. We have got to find the best fit for everyone’s interests as best we can. It was a good meeting, people were genuine in approach, and good on Mackay Sugar for taking the initiative to tackle the issues head-on.’’
The meeting discussed various priorities and concerns of each member and more information will be presented during the next meeting, to be held in early October and will continue as bi-monthly meetings until August 2014, with outcomes to be reported back to Mt Molloy and Julatten community members.