Mill fires up for 2014
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.