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Funding to support Mossman cane growers

FAR Northern cane growers impacted by the Mossman Mill closure will be supported to crush this year’s crop after a state funding injection of up to $6 million to help cover transport costs.

The Queensland Government has today announced up to $6 million from the $12.1 million support package for Mossman will be used to assist growers to transport their current crop and address standover cane.

Douglas Shire Council will receive a $5.9 million grant to develop and implement the Mossman Region Transition Program, building on the work of the Mossman Region Stakeholder Advisory Committee established by the Queensland Government.

Douglas Shire Mayor Lisa Scomazzon said she was grateful for the funding.

“Sugar is a lifeblood industry for Mossman,” she said.

“The closure of the mill has left locals devastated and is already impacting businesses.”

She said the Douglas Shire Council would be working with growers and community members to identify new opportunities for the region.

“We’re grateful to the Queensland Government for ensuring this year’s crop is not lost and supporting locally led solutions as we look to Mossman’s future,” she said.

The Mossman Mill was placed into voluntary administration in November, despite the Queensland and Australian governments providing nearly $48 million in support to Far Northern Milling since 2019.

The State Government announced the $12.1 million support package for Mossman in February.

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the funding was great news for the Mossman community and for the region as a whole.

“I know how important the sugar industry is for the Mossman area and the closure of the Mill has been difficult for the local community and businesses,” she said.

“This support package will go a long way to help our growers process this year’s crop and look to the future with funding for the development and implementation of the Mossman Region Transition Program.

“I’m proud to have fought for our local canegrowers and be part of a government that is supporting communities impacted by the Mossman Mill closure.”

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Permit granted for FNQ mine site and Kip Moore joins Savannah lineup.

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