Mill’s fu­ture op­er­a­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

I would like to of­fer the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion to en­sure the Moss­man and Port Dou­glas com­mu­ni­ties have a clearer un­der­stand­ing of the Moss­man Mill’s fu­ture op­er­a­tions with the im­pend­ing in­creased through­put. When Mackay Su­gar ac­quired the Moss­man Mill in June 2012, it was crush­ing less than 50% of its ca­pac­ity as a re­sult of the grow­ers in­vest­ing less in their crops due to the lack of con­fi­dence in the sus­tain­abil­ity of the mill. The (17 April 2013) agree­ment with Table­lands cane grow­ers and Table­land Cane­grow­ers Lim­ited will see Moss­man Mill reach its for­mer through­put ca­pac­ity of more than 1 mil­lion tonnes as of next year. The vi­a­bil­ity of the mill was al­ways go­ing to de­pend on ad­di­tional cane sup­ply from the Table­lands re­gion; with­out this cane sup­ply the fu­ture of the mill would be jeop­ar­dised. As­so­ci­ated with the in­creased ton­nage, Mackay Su­gar will soon un­der­take an up­grade of the mill’s boil­ers, in­vest­ing cap­i­tal to im­prove the mill’s op­er­a­tional per­for­mance. The so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits gen­er­ated from a thriv­ing Moss­man Mill should also be con­sid­ered; for ex­am­ple, the mill’s to­tal em­ployee com­ple­ment will in­crease from 108 to 135 with the ad­vent of con­tin­u­ous crush­ing.

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