Mill fires up for 2014

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CANE crush­ing for the 2014 sea­son is now un­der­way at the Proser­pine Su­gar Mill.

Crush­ing started at the mill early on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

The sea­son was orig­i­nally set to start on June 17, but was de­layed due to wet weather.

Wil­mar Su­gar cane sup­ply and grower re­la­tions gen­eral man­ager Paul Gior­dani said it was good to be up and run­ning.

“Ground con­di­tions are still quite damp in some ar­eas but we have enough cane sup­ply to keep the mill run­ning,” he said.

Proser­pine Mill is ex­pected to crush about 1.715 mil­lion tonnes of cane this year.

Mr Gior­dani said the sea­son marked a new era in cane trans­port, with Proser­pine’s cane bin fleet now fea­tur­ing au­to­matic cou­plings.

“The $6 mil­lion up­grade of 1100 cane bins and the in­stal- la­tion of a new au­to­mated feed­ing sta­tion at the mill is a sig­nif­i­cant safety im­prove­ment project and will also deliver op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies,” he said.

With school hol­i­days start­ing next week, Wil­mar Su­gar is urg­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to be on the look­out for cane trains.

Mr Gior­dani en­cour­aged par­ents to talk to their chil­dren about the dan­gers of cane trains and the im­por­tance of keep­ing off Wil­mar Su­gar’s cane rail­way net­work.

“Chil­dren should never play, walk or ride their bikes or quad bikes on cane rail­way tracks or along the rail cor­ri­dor, in­clud­ing cane rail­way bridges,” he said.

Cane trains op­er­ate 24 hours a day, seven days a week through­out the crush­ing sea­son.

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