It seems like the last season just finished and the next one will begin. The start date is 21 June 2021 with Millaquin to run in continuous mode with an anticipated crush of 48,000 tonnes per week.
We should see a finish around 21 November 2021 including two (2) weeks for wet weather. It will be interesting to see what the CCS does considering the crop is still so green.
April has been a busy month for Bundaberg CANEGROWERS and May looks just as busy.
Since taking on the role of Chairman, I have had many face to face meetings. These have included the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, our Flynn Electorate member, Ken O’Dowd and Member for Hinkler, Keith Pitt.
I travelled to Canberra recently to attend the Federal Government’s Budget Night and whilst we were there, met with Isaac Jeffrey and Joy Thomas from National Irrigators Council and Ash Salardini from National Farmers’ Federation to discuss irrigation and energy.
The Bundaberg Rates Consortium are still working hard to achieve a fairer outcome for rate payers. Tanya Howard, Bundaberg CANEGROWERS, Bree Grima, Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers, Angela Williams, CANEGROWERS Isis and Tom Marland, AgForce travelled to Brisbane to meet with Deputy Premier Steven Miles to further pursue a ruling from the State Government and a suitable outcome for all rate payers.
I have written to the Bundaberg Regional Council requesting the following:
‘That the Category 9 ratepayers are refunded the rate rises that they suffered from the 2020/2021 budget such that the increase is no more than CPI and that going forward the Council adheres to the ‘Guideline on the equity and fairness in rating Queensland local governments’.
Apart from our core business of managing the Cane Supply agreement I have listed the top issues I think we collectively face below:
· Reef Regulations
· Rates and Local Government
· Water access security and pricing
· Affordable electricity supply
We will be holding a series of member only shed meetings on 3 June 2021 to talk about these issues, what we are doing and what you think we could be doing that we are not.
You will receive an invitation with times and the locations within the next couple of weeks to discuss these issues with you.
I am keen to hear your thoughts and ideas and any other issues that you have, see you all there.
To read the May edition, click here.