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15 June, 2021

Sugar Industry Trade Exhibition kicks off this week at Mackay Show

FOR THE first time in decades, a Sugar Industry Trade Exhibition will return to the Mackay Show this year.

The exhibition in the Sugar Pavilion and the area outside has been put together by the sponsors of the Sugarcane Competition - and a few special guests - in order to show the people of Mackay the region’s modern and innovative sugar industry.

Commenting on the new display, CANEGROWERS Mackay Chairman, Kevin Borg, said he thanked the Show Association for recognising that the heart of a rural show is agriculture and in Mackay’s case that is the sugar industry which remains the backbone of the local economy.

He hoped visitors to the Show would take the time to explore both the exhibits inside the Sugar Pavilion and in the area outside near where the cane competition entries are traditionally displayed.

Chairman of the Sugarcane Subcommittee, Frank Perna, said sugarcane competition entries were already starting to fill the racks this morning and he hoped cane growers would have time to stop and have a look at the Exhibition when they were in town over the next few days.

“QUT’s Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant is offering Virtual Tours of the facility located at Racecourse Mill and displaying what can be produced with sugarcane apart from sugar,” said Frank.

“There is also a display of the modern way to monitor and manage a growing crop (the Aerial Asset Control site), in using sugarcane itself to produce an environmentally friendly fertilizer for a new crop (the Wilmar Bio Dunder site) and the modern way in which transport operations are tracked from the harvest siding to the mill (the Mackay Sugar site).

“Visitors can then visit the Sugarcane Competition area and see what great cane the region has been able to grow this year.

"Mackay Area Productivity Services (MAPS) and Sugar Research Australia (SRA) will exhibit in this area, so please take a look and have a chat to the personnel about everything you want to know about sugarcane.

“Then make your way through to the outside area near the oval where we invite you to have a look at the fantastic farm machinery from some of our leading farm machinery companies on display.”

Mr Perna said that one of the highlights of the winter months has always been the Mackay Show.

“It’s a great opportunity for the rural community, both young and old, to gather together and display proudly their growing skills.

“This year’s Sugar Industry Trade exhibition seeks to show all aspects of the sugar industry to enthuse a new generation of farmers, millers, researchers and other skilled people about the future in the industry.

“It only takes a few hours of your time to visit the Sugarcane Competition entries and the Exhibition – and in return you could win a gift voucher sponsored by CANEGROWERS Mackay and worth $250 to spend at Tackle World Mackay.

Entry forms will be at the booths you visit.

“See you at the Show!”

The Sugar Industry Trade Exhibition is inside and outside the Sugarcane Pavilion, which is situated immediately on your left as you come in the entrance gate off Milton Street opposite Alfred Street.

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