Work­ing group tack­les cane run

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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