Creating an Environment for Change

This Article was Originally Published in the Cassowary Coast Independent News on August 1, 2017

Project Cane Changer is about setting the record straight by recognising and valuing cane growers for their efforts to protect the Great Barrier Reef. This initiative is led by CANEGROWERS, funded by the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Last week, Minister for Environment Steven Miles demonstrated his commitment to the project and the Queensland cane industry, recognising their ongoing efforts to change their practices for the industry and the environment.

Minister Miles talks about Smartcane BMP and the ongoing efforts of Queensland cane growers in improving their farming practices.

As part of signing a Cane Changer Commitment Minister Miles committed to:

• Acknowledging the ongoing efforts of Queensland cane growers for improving their farming practices, especially as they relate to the health of the Great Barrier Reef;

• Recognising the important role that cane growers play for the State of Queensland; and

• Working collaboratively with the sugar industry for a better future for the industry and the environment.

Cane Changer believes that by building a better understanding of growers, and acknowledging them for the changes they have already made, more growers will be encouraged to be involved in change and continue to adopt new ideas into the future.

One of the key goals of the Cane Changer is to build recognition for the efforts of the farming community. Minister Miles’ commitment to the industry, on behalf of the Queensland Government, is a demonstration of this recognition and willingness to support the good work growers are already doing.

Change, especially on a population level, does not happen in isolation. It is the shared responsibility of all parties involved to provide a positive environment which supports and encourages growers to continue to make choices that benefit both the environment and their businesses.

Following the signing of the commitment CANEGROWERS Chief Executive Officer Dan Galligan thanked Minister Miles for his support of Cane Changer.

“It is a platform for recognising all of the work being done on cane farms to protect the Great Barrier Reef and what they are planning to do - it puts the grower and their businesses at the centre and sets the record straight.”

Cane Changer is designed to be inclusive of all growers. It is currently being rolled out in Innisfail, Tully and Cairns and over the next few months the project will be expanded to all districts in the Wet Tropics. To find out more or get involved head over to or speak to your local CANEGROWERS office.