$20 million bold step in sugar future
❝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.