Council holds wet weather planning talks with Wilmar Sugar

Burdekin Shire Council has held preliminary planning discussions with Wilmar Sugar regarding cane haulage options should wet weather continue to hamper cane harvesting this crushing season.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said these talks were precautionary only, but warranted if further rain impacted this season’s harvest.

“Council is acutely aware of the flow-on effect unseasonal rain will have on the local economy,” she said.

“If cane is left unharvested in the paddocks it won’t just affect the farmers, harvester operators and haul-out contractors, but all who live in the Burdekin.

“Of course Council hopes that there are no further delays, but if there is we want a plan in place that will help maximise the harvest.

“We want to work collaboratively with growers and the mills and will consider alternate arrangements for transfers of cane from paddock to siding if requested.

“Initial approaches for these arrangements will be through Wilmar Sugar.”

Cr McLaughlin said one of Council’s concerns regarding further unseasonal rains was the safety of road users.

“One of the issues of cane being hauled from wet paddocks is the amount of mud that would be dragged on to the roads and our team needs a plan to deal with that,” she said.

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