Mayor calls for ac­tion to se­cure sugar in­dus­try

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

TIME is run­ning out to save the Mossman Mill and se­cure the lo­cal sugar in­dus­try.

Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu is call­ing on ac­tion to be taken be­fore it’s too late.

“Time is run­ning out and our re­silient cane­grow­ers need ab­so­lute cer­tainty about the Mossman Mill,” she said.

“The project has the po­ten­tial to lead the way for in­dus­try di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the Aus­tra- lian Sugar In­dus­try and grow an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try in Dou­glas Shire. “But time is of the essence. “Far North­ern Milling Pty Ltd (Mossman and Table­land Cane­grow­ers), Se­nior Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil staff and I held solid dis­cus­sions about the fu­ture of the Mossman Mill with Le­ich­hardt MP War­ren Entsch and Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack in Cairns.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from War­ren Entsch’s of­fice said the Le­ich­hardt MP was be­hind the mill 100 per cent and “has been since the very be­gin­ning”.

At a press con­fer­ence Mr Entsch said he will strongly ad­vo­cate for a so­lu­tion.

“I will do my darnedest,” he said. “It is ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal. “This isn’t a group com­ing for­ward ask­ing ‘we need you to give us a bucket load of money to find our an­swers’.

“They’ve got the an­swers and they have a very strong case to con­sider.”

Far North­ern Milling and Cr Leu also met with the op­po­si­tion spokesman for in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port, cities and re­gional de­vel­op­ment, An­thony Al­banese, in Cairns on Tues­day af­ter­noon to push the is­sue fur­ther onto the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s radar.

“Bi­par­ti­san sup­port is vi­tal and our re­gion needs a firm com­mit­ment,” she said.


Dou­glas Mayor Ju­lia Leu is call­ing for the Mossman Mill to be saved.

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