Mackay Su­gar still plans work­shops

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

AL­THOUGH the com­mu­nity work­ing group did not work out, Mackay Su­gar are still mak­ing plans to hold work­shops and find a res­o­lu­tion to the is­sue of Table­land trans­porta­tion.

While Mackay Su­gar has not re­sponded to Mr Den­nis Rose’s com­ments from the story Fury over axed group in the Gazette, their com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Lorelei van Dalen has re­con­firmed their com­mit­ment to find­ing a trans­porta­tion strat­egy.

‘‘We (Mackay Su­gar) ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate and, in ac­cor­dance with this, re­main com­mit­ted to work­ing with the Mt Mol­loy and Ju­lat­ten com­mu­ni­ties and de­vel­op­ing a trans­porta­tion strat­egy that takes into ac­count the var­i­ous con­cerns of Mt Mol­loy and Ju­lat­ten res­i­dents,’’ she said.

‘‘We de­vel­oped the Com­mu­nity Work­ing Group to fos­ter open com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the Mt Mol­loy and Ju­lat­ten com­mu­ni­ties and Mackay Su­gar, and cre­ate a united ap­proach to the plan­ning of the trans­porta­tion of Table­lands cane to Moss­man Mill, to en­sure it is safe and ef­fi­cient and is con­ducted in a man­ner that re­duces im­pact on the Mt Mol­loy and Ju­lat­ten com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘We have not aban­doned this ob­jec­tive - we have just de­cided to try a dif­fer­ent strat­egy to en­gage with Mt Mol­loy and Ju­lat­ten res­i­dents as it be­came ev­i­dent that cer­tain mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity Work­ing Group were not in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive process.’’

Ms van Dalen said they will con­duct at least two com­mu­nity plan­ning work­shops, with the first to be held in Ma­reeba in Novem­ber.

‘‘Th­ese work­shops will bring to­gether a num­ber of Mt Mol­loy and Ju­lat­ten rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads, the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice, Table­lands Re­gional Coun­cil and Mackay Su­gar,’’ she said.

‘‘Through the work­shops, we will ex­plore the Table­lands cane trans­porta­tion strat­egy in greater de­tail; iden­tify key com­mu­nity is­sues and con­cerns, and es­tab­lish var­i­ous con­ces­sions that can be put in place to en­sure the cane trans­porta­tion is con­ducted in a man­ner that re­duces im­pact on the Mt Mol­loy and Ju­lat­ten com­mu­ni­ties.’’

Cane truck traf­fic on the Ju­lat­ten road

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