Welcome to Bundaberg CANEGROWERS

Change of Executive Management

Bundaberg CANEGROWERS welcomes Tanya Howard as Manager, taking on the role following on from Dale Holliss.

Tanya has been a part of the Boards succession plan for the past three years and is well placed to take on the roles of our core business of negotiating and the aftercare of the Cane Supply and Processing Agreement and the Cane Analysis Program as well as the many day to day operational aspects of Bundaberg CANEGROWERS.

“On behalf of Bundaberg CANEGROWERS’ members, Directors and staff, I would like to acknowledge the contribution and representation Dale Holliss has made to the members of Bundaberg CANEGROWERS and the wider sugar industry,” said Chairman of Bundaberg CANEGROWERS, Mr Mark Pressler.

“We  welcome  and look forward to working with Tanya in providing representation, leadership services and the promotion of unity in the interests of growers

DRFA ACTIVATION SUMMARY - Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth, 07 - 10 January 2022 

The Premier and Prime Minister have approved the extension of the jointly funded Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for the event: EX-TROPICAL CYCLONE SETH, 07 - 10 JANUARY 2022

The area defined for receipt of DRFA relief measures is “Communities within the Wide Bay and Burnett affected by heavy rainfall and flooding, 07 – 10 January 2022”.

The following relief measures have been activated:

  • Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants for Not-for-Profit Organisations; and
  • Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants for Primary Producers; and
  • Extraordinary Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants for Small Businesses for:
  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
Details of the DRFA assistance measures, and the local government areas activated for this event, are provided in the Activation Summary.


Please be advised that Cat C Funding is now available for the Bundaberg region to support recovery efforts for those producers impacted by the 2021 November rain event. Primary Producer’s can now access up to $50 000 grant funding (Initial application of $10 000 and subsequent application of up to $40 000) to support clean up/recovery efforts on farm. Images and evidence of work undertaken on their property will need to be provided to support applications. Eligible clean-up, reinstatement activities and emergency measures include:

  • Equipment and materials to undertake clean-up
  • Additional labour costs (above and beyond normal wage expenditure i.e. day-to-day staffing)
  • Disposing of damaged goods and injured or dead livestock, including associated costs
  • Repairs to buildings (other than housing)
  • Fencing not covered by any other assistance
  • Reconditioning/ repairing essential plant and equipment
  • Salvaging crops, grain and feeds
  • Purchase or hire/ lease costs for equipment essential to the immediate resumption of the business
  • Payment for tradespeople to conduct safety inspections
  • Essential repairs to premises and internal fittings that is not covered by insurance.

Unfortunately this money cannot be used to replant lost crops. QRIDA will be managing these applications, I have attached the application form and guidelines FYI. Please also see link below to their website for further information and frequently asked questions.

Special Disaster Assistance Recovery Grants - Central, Southern and Western Queensland Rainfall and Flooding | Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (qrida.qld.gov.au)

If you are unsure or want assistance with completing the paperwork please give Matthew Leighton a call to arrange a time to meet.

Application Form


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information 

Your health is our priority as we deal with the coronavirus and together we will get through this. It is crucial that people continue to listen to the advice from our medical professionals when it comes to social distancing and hygiene.

Below are phone numbers and websites which might be useful if you’re looking for information:

And please remember, stay 1.5 metres away from others, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face, ensure you cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, and if you are sick, please stay at home.


CANEGROWERS Insurance Scheme  - owned by growers, working for growers, was commenced in 2012 to look after our members’ insurance needs. Wide Bay Authorised Representative Ray Goodwin has extensive experience in looking after the insurance needs of the rural sector and has assisted many of our members to ensure that their insurance cover is tailored to their requirements. Ray provides a personalised on-farm service to growers, primarily servicing CGU’s Canepol insurance policies. He also has access to a broad range of other insurance products and alternative underwriters so that appropriate insurance cover can be obtained for all aspects of members’ businesses at the best price.

To contact Ray to discuss your insurance needs call 4151 2555 or on mobile on 0418 891 783.


Our Mission is to provide representation, leadership and services and promote unity in the interest of growers.

Our Goals are to provide an effective and efficient service through a focus on growers' key concerns within a changing environment. To maximise grower and industry proceeds by marketing current and future sugar production through a structure that is transparent and accountable to the industry. To ensure that industry growth is managed and market driven within a sustainable sugar industry. To ensure environmentally and financially sustainable production through managing and coordinating inputs and resources.

Our Vision is to ensure a secure and profitable future for Bundaberg cane growers.