Mossman Growers Look Toward the Future

Cane Changer team member Toneya McIntosh during the recent session in Mossman.

Cane Changer team member Toneya McIntosh during the recent session in Mossman.


This article was originally published in the Port Douglas and Mossman Gazette on 29 March 2018.


Sugarcane growers from across the Mossman Mill district had their say on local industry issues during a session hosted earlier this month by Project Cane Changer, a CANEGROWERS initiative setting the record straight about the industry.

The event was run in partnership with industry representatives from Smartcane BMP, the NextGen program and the Wet Tropics Sugar Industry Partnership (WTSIP) with over 30 growers from around the region attending.

CANEGROWERS Mossman Chairman, Drew Watson, believes events like these are an important opportunity for growers to stay informed and have their say about what is happening in their district.

“It was great to see such a large turnout for this event as there are a number of topical issues around Mossman at the moment,” he said, “we really appreciated everyone’s willingness to get involved and as a result, we are already planning the next Cane Changer event to continue the discussion.”

Growers were invited to share their views in a discussion led by CANEGROWERS manager, Evelyn Matthews. A focus of the discussion amongst the attendees was around the future of Mossman Mill, the local cane industry and potential implications and challenges for growers.

“It is important that we hear from all growers and industry members so that we can form a united approach,” she said, “the industry has faced a number of challenges over the years, but we believe that by working together we can build a brighter future for everyone.”

Rebecca Stone, Mossman Smartcane BMP facilitator, was also present on the night giving an update on the Smartcane BMP program, the industry’s tailor-made best practice farming system for sugarcane growing in Australia.

“Events like these are integral to the sugarcane community,” she said, “we are a resilient industry and it is important to demonstrate that we are working towards the best outcomes for our community.”

This session was funded by the Department of Environment and Science as part of the on-going rollout of Project Cane Changer, a CANEGROWERS initiative that works with growers to highlight and promote on-going change and positivity within the industry. 

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