$20 mil­lion bold step in sugar fu­ture

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

❝been It’s the drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion of lo­cal grow­ers... — Dan Gal­li­gan

CANE­GROW­ERS has wel­comed the com­mit­ment of the Fed­eral Govern­ment to a grower-led fu­ture for Queens­land’s most north­ern sugar mill.

“The an­nounce­ment of a $20 mil­lion grant is a sig­nif­i­cant step in the bold plan of Moss­man and Table­land grow­ers to buy Moss­man Mill and tran­si­tion it to a more diver­si­fied fu­ture,” Cane­grow­ers chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dan Gal­li­gan said.

“It’s been the drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion of lo­cal grow­ers that has driven an idea to this ex­cit­ing mile­stone.”

A com­pany set up and backed by su­gar­cane grow­ers, Far North­ern Milling, is work­ing to pur­chase the mill from Mackay Sugar and, with the in­volve­ment of pri­vate in­vestors, de­velop a bio-precinct in the town.

“Prod­ucts such as bio­plas­tics will add more value to our in­dus­try and recog­nise sus­tain­ably grown su­gar­cane as one of Queens­land’s valu­able re­new­able re­sources,” Mr Gal­li­gan said.

“The con­tri­bu­tion an­nounced to­day from the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Grants pro­gram is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of govern­ment and busi­ness – in this case farm­ers – work­ing to­gether to grasp new op­por­tu­ni­ties and build a pros­per­ous fu­ture in re­gional Queens­land.

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