New deal will lift sup­ply to Ather­ton

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

THE deal be­tween Mackay Sugar – own­ers of the Moss­man Mill – and Table­land millers MSF, has been ex­tended for three sea­sons.

The new deal, ar­ranged last week, ap­plies from this sea­son un­til 2018 and will mean less ton­nage of sugar cane be­ing trans­ported down the Rex Range road than there was last year, the first sea­son un­der the joint crush­ing ar­range­ment.

Last year, about 250,000 tonnes of cane was toll crushed at the Table­land Mill; for the 2016-2018 sea­sons 400,000 tonnes of Mackay Sugar-con­tracted cane will be pro­cessed at Table­land Mill.

Mackay Sugar CEO Ja­son Lowry said the tolling agree­ment was mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial and would en­able MSF Sugar to ustilise its cur­rent spare ca­pac­ity at the Table­land Mill while pro­vid­ing a shorter crush­ing sea­son for Mackay Sugar’s Table­land and Moss­man grow­ers.

MSF Sugar chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Barry said the ar­range­ment was good news all round.

“Table­land Mill will con­tinue to op­er­ate un­der a sev­en­day op­er­a­tion for the term of the new agree­ment,” he said.

Both the Moss­man and Table­land mills are ex­pected to han­dle a crop of around 820,000 tonnes in the 2016 sea­son, with both mills start­ing the crush in late May.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

One of Qube’s B-dou­bles that does the Rex Range run

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