Katter calls for more truck drivers to help sugar mills and farmers get the cane crop off

Importing overseas drivers a possibility

THE NORTHERN sugar season is turning sour as trucks lay in idle at the Mossman Sugar mill, reeling from a mass driver shortage, Kennedy MP, Bob Katter says.

Each sugar season, cane growers race the wet season to harvest and haul their crop to the mills, but in the Mossman, Mareeba and wider Atherton Tableland region of North Queensland, the clock is ticking while truck drivers are poached to the mines in southern parts of the state.

Far Northern federal Member Bob Katter asks: “Where are the truck drivers?” Pic Brian Cassey

Mr Katter said, “Critical labour shortages have now reached our cane growers and truckies.  We were contacted by the head of the Mossman Sugar Mill who said they were desperate for drivers.

“We have come to the conclusion that if we aren’t able to get a workforce in Australia to do these essential jobs, then we will enter into discussions with Government to get migrants in to do the jobs.

“We didn’t want to do that with farming, but we were left no choice and now we have the Pacific Island Labour Scheme (PALM) in place.”

Mr Katter said, “Just last week we submitted a comprehensive report detailing critical labour shortages across the electorate and provided numerous recommendations to address these shortages.

“Conversations have been held with the Minister for Employment, and will continue until we can get a fair go for our regional, rural and remote areas.”

Bronwyn Dwyer, Chief Executive Officer of Far Northern Milling, says that as the operator of the Mossman Mill, they are a major employer in the region and that if they are unable to find drivers, they could face significant losses which could have dire consequences on the Mill’s survivability.

“Due to the critical driver shortage and predicted wet weather conditions over the coming months, there is a high probability of standover cane, which could see 10 – 20% of the crop remaining in the paddock unharvested,” Ms Dwyer said.

“Effectively, 2 years income for the growers will be lost from this cane not being harvested. Not only will this severely impact the growers’ bottom line, but that cane doesn’t go through the mill either and so the Mossman Mill, that’s already doing it tough, loses substantial income.”

“Far Northern Milling is the second largest employer in the Douglas Shire region. We have 150 full time employees during the season, and we support 570 external seasonal jobs. Finding truck drivers to get this crop off is critical not only for our industry but for prosperity of our whole community.”

Paul Coveny of Logitrix Management Service manages the transport and logistics of the truck fleet that hauls cane from the farms to the mill. He says he’s lost two drivers in the last seven days to the lucrative mining sector.

“We need ten drivers immediately and another 30 in the coming months,” Mr Coveny said.

“We are competing with the mining sector and we need urgent help to fill these empty seats. The trucks can’t sit in idle for long, because once the weather sets in, that’s it for the season. The clock is well and truly ticking.”

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Posted on September 16, 2022, in Agenda 2030, biofuel, General, sugar mills and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Hi Tomhar, Said much the same in a previous comment answering the ridiculous question: “Where are all the truck drivers?” HELLO?! The #Truckie Protest (which traitorous Hanson shut down at Scomo’s bequest) was all about what they have had to endure. Re: “forcing experienced and safe drivers out of the industry in droves— a government manufactured crisis compliments of the dictators.” Exactly. And that’s now come back to bite them big time. Boo hoo. Those Truckies won’t ever again be touching the industry with a bargepole.

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  2. And another government manufactured crisis compliments of the dictators may be on the way.
    Please take note that on August 9 2022 the RBA announced the trial of a new Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)
    Link: Reserve Bank and Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre to Explore Use Cases for CBDC | Media Releases | RBA

    RBA deputy governor Michelle Bullock told ABCTV that the trial is an important step on the path to a potential Australian CBDC. However Ms Bullock said the CBDC is not inevitable. So now is the time to make your voice head. Please take 2 minutes to complete a 10-question online survey. Results will be shared with government, the RBA, and regulators. Please share link and encourage others to do the survey.
    Survey link: Does Australia need an online digital Aussie dollar? Survey (surveymonkey.com)

    In The Interests Of The People video, entitled ‘Australians must fight the new Orwellian Horror’, you’ll notice that the youtube title has a typo saying “fight in”. There’s a world of difference between the two meanings.

    “Australians need to ensure that the RBA and the Federal Parliament does not impose totalitarian control through the Central Bank Digital Currency.

    “Australia is headed down a path with little democratic consent and there is a lot of uncertainty were public policy is going in Australia.

    “The RBA cannot be allowed to alter economic life in Australia without a democratic mandate. The Prime Minister and Treasurer need to explain why CBDCs are being developed in Australia and what is the public policy case.

    “The Australian people must ensure that physical cash is never eliminated and that freedom and privacy remains the corner stone of Australia’s payment system and economic life.

    Video link: Australians must fight in the new Orwellian Horror! – YouTube

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  3. Agreed – “another government manufactured crisis compliments of the dictators” –
    On August 9 2022 the RBA releases its international headlines by declaring a research project into crypto currencies.

    See: Joint Media Release Reserve Bank and Digital Finance Cooperative …

    RBA deputy governor Michelle Bullock told ABCTV that the trial is “an important step” on the path to a potential Australian CBDC. However Ms Bullock said the CBDC is not inevitable. So now is the time to make your voice heard. Please take two minutes to complete a 10-question online survey. Results will be shared with government, the RBA, and regulators. Please share and encourage others to complete survey.

    Link: Does Australia need an online digital Aussie dollar? Survey (surveymonkey.com)

    ‘In the Interests of the People’ youtube title says Australians must fight the new Orwellian Horror! [Note the typo in the web URL “fight in”. Now there’s a very big difference between fighting off and fighting in]

    Some video excerpts: “The RBA announce coincides with the announcement by the Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre.”

    “The RBA cannot be allowed to alter economic life in Australia without a democratic mandate. The Prime Minister and Treasurer need to explain why CBDCs are being developed in Australia and what is the public policy case.”

    “The Australian people must ensure that physical cash is never eliminated and that freedom and privacy remains the corner stone of Australia’s payment system and economic life.”

    Link: Australians must fight in the new Orwellian Horror! – YouTube

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  4. Now you are on the money Tom.Ed

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  5. The Mossman Mill bought out Cube and their trucks. They have no jab mandates and accommodation is available. Ed

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  6. Bob, get your counter parts in Canberra to stop the rot with Mandates and all the other red tape BS and our country will be able to progress

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  7. Just yesterday…..”Queensland records lowest ever unemployment rate”. They always make the abs data fit their narrative.

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  8. Isn’t there a large trucking company (Cube) who do this work, a large corporation, that’s who was doing the work when my husband worked there? Wouldn’t they require the mandated medical experiment? My husband lost his job truck driving for a large corporation due to the mandates. I agree, the draconian laws are definitely a problem up there. Also, it is seasonal work, not permanent.

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  9. Apart from idiot CEOs of large companies and Government refusing to employ the unvaccinated (the smart ones) ask any truck driver who has worked in QLD and NSW and they will tell you that government red tape and aggressive enforcement of draconian laws (such as a minor error in a log book) is rapidly forcing experienced and safe drivers out of the industry in droves— a government manufactured crisis compliments of the dictators.

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  10. I have a huge “WHY” here! WHY are Politicians crying about labour shortages and looking to migrants as the only solution? WHY haven’t all the workers who were fired been asked to return to their jobs? WHY hasn’t it been acknowledged that these workers are NO danger to others? And WHY is it never talked about?

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