11 June, 2021
Pleased to bring regions people together
CANEGROWERS Mackay and the Sugarcane Subcommittee are pleased to be helping to bring the people of our region together for the 142nd Mackay Show.
It’s a busy time of year for growers
with the harvest now under way but we’ve
had a better season than in other years and
there is some great looking cane around.
What makes a great regional Show?
Not the Dagwood Dogs, sideshow alley
or the rides - you can find these at any
No, it is our regional community
and local people showing what the region
can produce which is unique. In our region,
that means the sugar industry, and it
certainly has much to be proud of.
We hope that Sugarcane Competition
entries will be up this year.
We seek to
return to a traditional agricultural show
and the lessons that can be learnt by kids
and their families displaying their cane.
Families who win prizes for entering cane
in the schools’ section for their kids will
benefit the schools’ P&Cs – a very worthwhile
Coupled with the competition, we are pleased to announce we are holding our first Sugar Industry Trade Exhibition in the Sugarcane Pavilion, which is situated immediately on your left as you come in the gate off Milton Street opposite Alfred Street.
We have asked all our generous sponsors
of the Sugarcane Competition – and
a few special guests – to put on a display
to show off our modern and innovative
We have produced this feature to help you find your way to the special attractions we have on display – please come and visit!
There are two main areas to explore –
inside and outside.
First, take a good look inside the Sugar
Here you will find some of the
thought going into the future of the industry
with QUT’s Renewable Biocommodities
Pilot Plant offering a virtual tour and
showing you what can be produced with
sugarcane apart from sugar!
There are also displays showing how
agricultural technology can be used to
improve efficiencies in sugarcane planting
(the Griffith University site), in monitoring
and managing 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).
Then please make your way through
to the Sugarcane Competition entries and
see what the region has been able to grow
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
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.
One of the highlights of the winter
months has always been the Mackay
The opportunity for the rural community,
both young and old, to gather and
display proudly their growing skills has
showcased these activities to others for
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.
Will we back next year with this
That largely depends on you.
Your support in visiting the Sugarcane
Competition will hopefully see the event
grow bigger, with sponsors eager to get
on board and boost the prize money in
return for display space in the Exhibition.
Your patronage of the Sugar Industry
Trade Exhibition will in turn give our
sponsors the confidence that they have
made the right investment of time and
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 worth $250
to spend at Tackle World Mackay.
Entry forms will be at the booths you visit. See you at the Show!