Railway expansion a boost for sugar
ISIS Central Sugar Mill is expanding its rail network between Cordalba and Wallaville to boost sugarcane production across the region.
Isis Central Sugar Mill hopes the extra 36 kilometres of track will significantly improve costs and deliver sustainable growth of sugar production in the Wallavile Gin Gin area.
The mill, located 10 kilometres northwest of Childers, commenced operations in 1897, now servicing approximately 300 growers for the production of 223,874 tonnes of raw sugar each season.
CEO John Gorringe said expansion would result in substantially reduce transport costs, creating jobs and generating value for local farmers and shareholders alike.
"Economic modelling shows a higher throughput at Isis Central Sugar Mill would not only benefit local shareholders, but also the broader sugar industry and local community,” he said.
"The new line will eliminate 6000 truck movements each year.
"This will improve safety on our roads and reduce maintenance costs for government.”
The project is expected to create 20 jobs during construction, and employ more than 40 people for the ongoing operation of the railway and mill.
The new track, although in the Bundaberg Regional Council area, will provide sleeper plant and farming roles, and enable growth of the sugarcane industry into North Burnett.
"Sugarcane production and processing is the second highest employing industry in our region,” Mr Gorringe said.
"The development of additional land will create general farm jobs and increase seasonal harvesting work; all of which means more money being spent locally.”
The extension will be undertaken with the assistance of a grant from the Federal Government.