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  • 1st June                  10.30am - 1pm, Sugar Market Update, Hotel Metropole
  • 1st June                   2.45pm - 6pm, 2018 Pre-Season Meeting, Hotel Metropole
  • 22nd - 23rd June     2pm, 2018 Show Whitsunday Show Cane Awards
Click HERE to RSVP for 2018 Pre-Season Meeting (Friday 1st June)
What a busy month ahead, with the 2018 Pre-Season meeting being held Friday 1st June and the Show Whitsunday Show Cane exhibit quickly approaching.

We'd like to take a moment to advise our insurance clients that Carol Roberts, our Insurance Broker, is now working Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week. Carol is available from 9.30am to 5pm to help with all of your insurance needs.

We hope you enjoy our new digital format newsletter and look forward to sharing its further updated look with you in the June issue.
Canegrowers Proserpine is again very proud to be hosting our annual Show Cane Exhibit at Show Whitsunday (Friday 22nd June). The 2018 schedule can be opened by clicking the link below or alternatively, by visiting the Proserpine office for a printed copy.

2018 brings a slight change to the proceedings, with CCS testing (sections 8 to 10) now occurring at the Proserpine Showgrounds on Tuesday 19th June, not at the SSP offices as was previously the case. This change should be seamless and will also provide ease of access for entrant's vehicles.

Cane for sections 1 to 7 can be delivered to the Proserpine Showgrounds from 1pm, Thursday 21st June.

Judging will occur on Friday morning, with the winner's presentations commencing at 2pm. Remember: entrants or a representative must be present at the presentation for winning exhibits, or your prize will be forfeited

With loads of great prizes from generous sponsors on offer across the 10 sections, the competition is sure to be exciting but remember.....
Click HERE to view our 2018 Show Cane Schedule

Weather permitting, harvesting of Proserpine’s 2018 crop is expected to start on 18 June with crushing operations commencing on Tuesday, 19 June.

Mill maps are currently showing a crop area of 21,774 hectares which is expected to yield around 80 tonnes per hectare on average. This puts this season estimate at 1.76 million tonnes.

Allowing for stoppages for planned maintenance and wet weather, the crushing is expected to be completed by 7 November.


Consecutive losses in the last two years has prompted the board to review the Membership Levy to apply for the 2018 crush. The levy has remained unchanged at 13 cents per tome for the past 11 years, which is a significant achievement given the persistent increases in costs, not to mention the impacts from wide variations in crop size during that time. While accumulated reserves have been used in the past to soften the impacts, the board believes an increase to 16 cents per tonne is prudent and fiscally responsible.


The board also conducted the annual review of the Members’ Crop Insurance (Fire Perils) Cover which commences on 1 June. Given the lower sugar price, the indemnity has been set at $30 per tonne of cane with an excess of 100 tonnes. In keeping with the local practice, the premiums for this service will be paid from our reserves (i.e. there is no additional cost to members). Subject to a separate application, our insurers continue to provide ‘top-up’ cover for members wishing to increase the sum insured – please contact this office if you would like to avail of this offer.


In accordance with our Collective Cane Supply Agreement, Wilmar and Canegrowers have negotiated an initial interim payment CCS of 14.40. The interim payment CCS will be reviewed periodically during the crushing season and varied to reflect (as close as possible) our Collective’s Average Seasonal CCS.

An annual review of other allowances has also been conducted – the Cartage Allowance will increase from 23 cents to 25 cents per kilometre and the RDO and Weekend Harvesting Allowance will also increase from $1.11 to 1.14 per tonne.

(conditions apply)
We Want You!!!

The Proserpine office 'looking for work' job board is running low & we have members still searching for employees to help with the upcoming season.

If you or someone you know if looking for work, please drop into the office any day between 8.30am to 5pm & we'll add your details & experience to the job board.

Please note that from the 29th May Wilmar Sugar (Proserpine Mill) will commence steam trials which will generate noise due to the high pressure purging of steam lines. This will occur periodically between the hours of 7am and 5pm with maximum 5 minute bursts and occurs whilst mandatory safety checks of equipment in the factory are carried out. At this stage the most likely dates will be the 29th May and 14th June 2018 however these dates may change without further notice.

Wilmar (Proserpine) Mill has the following items For Sale by Tender:

Massey Ferguson Tractor - Model # MD50 (Diesel)
Holden Dual Cab Utility - Model # RA Rodeo (Petrol)
Skyjack Scissor Lift - Model # SJ34626 (Electric)
Note: lift to be sold as 'scrap'; battery isolator will be disconnected

All items are unregistered & are to be sold 'as is' 'where is'
Inspection & paperwork can be arranged by contacting the Mill's administration Office on 4945 1755

Tenders close at twelve noon on Friday, 1st June 2018
Closing date for classified advertisements is the close of business of the first week of each month.
Classifieds are free to Canegrowers members.
Canegrowers Proserpine does not necessarily endorse products or services advertised in, or associated with the newsletter.
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