Mill’s future operations
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.