Mackay Sugar still plans workshops
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