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Historic day as choice arrives for Mackay region cane growers

Friday, 01 February 2019

Mackay cane growers now have a choice in who provides their sugar marketing, pricing and payment services, after Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) finalised new Marketing Choice arrangements with Mackay Sugar.

QSL Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Greg Beashel today announced that the industry-owned sugar marketer had signed an On-Supply Agreement with Mackay Sugar which enabled growers supplying its Mackay mills to deal directly with QSL from the coming 2019 Season.

“QSL has a long history of serving the growers of Mackay, but has always done so via their miller, who decided which QSL products and services growers could access,” Mr Beashel said.

“As of today, those growers can deal directly with QSL and choose from our full range of pricing and payment services, including receiving direct payment from us.”

Mr Beashel said Mackay growers wanting to use QSL for the coming 2019 Season only had until 5 March to return the necessary paperwork.

“The form that they need to complete and details regarding the process are all included in a QSL information pack that’s being sent to Mackay growers via email and in the post in coming days,” Mr Beashel said.

“We’ll also be hosting a series of information sessions around the district to walk growers through the nomination process and explain their QSL pricing and payment options,” he said.

“We hope as many growers as possible will come along to one of these sessions, but our local team is also available to answer questions and can be found at our new Mackay office on level 2 of the Mackay Canegrowers Building in Wood Street, or by calling 4967 4618.”

QSL is Australia’s largest and most experienced marketer of Queensland sugar. Owned by state’s cane growers and sugar millers, it is a pass-through organisation which returns all net value to the industry it serves.

For more information:

QSL Communications Manager Cathy Kelly

Ph: 0409 285 074  Email: cathy.kelly@qsl.com.au