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Lifeline for cane growers after sugar mill closure


Bundaberg's title of the Sugar City is being bolstered, with more of the sweet stuff set to be trucked into the region.

Isis Central Sugar Mill is undergoing a $2.5 million expansion, thanks to a federal grant.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says the cash will be used to build a transloader facility in Childers, that will allow the mill to transport sugarcane from as far away as Maryborough, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast.

It follows the closure of the Maryborough Sugar Mill, which left many local growers in limbo.

“An agreement with Isis Central Sugar Mill, which is being finalised, means that cane will now be crushed, however, infrastructure is required in order to get the sugarcane to the Isis Mill,” says Mr McCormack.

“The $2.5 million Community Development Grant will go towards the construction of a transloader to offload the cane.

"It will then be taken by rail to the Isis Mill,” he says.

Isis Central Sugar Mill chief executive officer John Gorringe says the funding will be matched by the Isis Mill.