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2022 Women in Sugar Conference

Women in Sugar Burdekin (WISB) recently hosted the 21st Women in Sugar Australia Conference, which saw women from the North Queensland sugarcane industry gather for the two-day event.  The theme for the conference was Nourish to Flourish and featured a range of guest speakers presenting on all things relating to wellness. Marisa Pilla and Julie...

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Women in Sugar Burdekin (WISB) recently hosted the 21st Women in Sugar Australia Conference, which saw women from the North Queensland sugarcane industry gather for the two-day event.  The theme for the conference was Nourish to Flourish and featured a range of guest speakers presenting on all things relating to wellness. Marisa Pilla and Julie…

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CANEGROWERS CEO visits the Burdekin

Last week CANEGROWERS CEO Dan Galligan and newly appointed Chairman Owen Menkens visited the Burdekin.    Mr Galligan said the stop was part of regular visits he makes around the state to keep members abreast of CANEGROWERS activities and news.    “At this time of the year we like to get out and meet with...

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Last week CANEGROWERS CEO Dan Galligan and newly appointed Chairman Owen Menkens visited the Burdekin.    Mr Galligan said the stop was part of regular visits he makes around the state to keep members abreast of CANEGROWERS activities and news.    “At this time of the year we like to get out and meet with…

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Bowen Pipeline funding tap turned on

The construction of the Bowen Pipeline has taken another step forward with the announcement of $80 million in funding. The pipeline, which is expected to deliver water security and jobs to northern Queensland, was allocated in the 2022-23 Federal Budget as part of the Government’s $7.1 billion Energy Security and Regional Development Plan.  $1.7 billion...

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The construction of the Bowen Pipeline has taken another step forward with the announcement of $80 million in funding. The pipeline, which is expected to deliver water security and jobs to northern Queensland, was allocated in the 2022-23 Federal Budget as part of the Government’s $7.1 billion Energy Security and Regional Development Plan.  $1.7 billion…

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BGGA Celebrates Growing Forward

On Saturday 23 April, North Queensland agriculture celebrated at a gala dinner held by the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association (BGGA), the regional industry body representing agricultural growers, producers and businesses. The theme of the night was ‘growing forward’, with the association delighted to welcome guests back to its flagship annual event after postponing twice due...

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On Saturday 23 April, North Queensland agriculture celebrated at a gala dinner held by the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association (BGGA), the regional industry body representing agricultural growers, producers and businesses. The theme of the night was ‘growing forward’, with the association delighted to welcome guests back to its flagship annual event after postponing twice due…

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Gates open at the 2022 Rotary NQ Field Days

The sun is shining, the gates are open, and more than 200 exhibitors are ready to welcome the North Queensland community to the 2022 Rotary NQ Field Days at Reid Park, Townsville. The two-day event kicked off this morning and culminated four years of planning between the combined Rotary Clubs of Townsville and Burdekin. In...

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The sun is shining, the gates are open, and more than 200 exhibitors are ready to welcome the North Queensland community to the 2022 Rotary NQ Field Days at Reid Park, Townsville. The two-day event kicked off this morning and culminated four years of planning between the combined Rotary Clubs of Townsville and Burdekin. In…

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2022 looking bright for Ag

There is good news on the horizon with Australia’s agriculture sector forecasting another profitable year. A newly released industry report from Rabobank says the 2021/22 season will be the fourth consecutive year of growth in the gross value of agriculture production. The report cites high to record-high agricultural commodity prices and record production volumes in...

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There is good news on the horizon with Australia’s agriculture sector forecasting another profitable year. A newly released industry report from Rabobank says the 2021/22 season will be the fourth consecutive year of growth in the gross value of agriculture production. The report cites high to record-high agricultural commodity prices and record production volumes in…

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Inkerman Mill Breakdown. What’s next?

Burnt cane in paddocks has been left unprocessed due to a major mechanical breakdown at Inkerman Mill, which lasted two days. Canegrowers Burdekin Chairman Phil Marano made his feelings clear about the fallout from the mechanical malfunction. “It’s a catastrophe,” Mr Marano stated plainly. “We had rain, and there was burnt cane in the paddocks,...

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Burnt cane in paddocks has been left unprocessed due to a major mechanical breakdown at Inkerman Mill, which lasted two days. Canegrowers Burdekin Chairman Phil Marano made his feelings clear about the fallout from the mechanical malfunction. “It’s a catastrophe,” Mr Marano stated plainly. “We had rain, and there was burnt cane in the paddocks,…

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Stephen’s ‘Hot Stuff’

Former mine worker and now chilli entrepreneur Stephen Bingham has some sauce, producing a range of condiments and seeds, supplying to buyers all over the country. As with many growers, Stephen has been having trouble finding workers to pick the chillis but has branched out to selling seeds. At the moment he has around 320...

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Former mine worker and now chilli entrepreneur Stephen Bingham has some sauce, producing a range of condiments and seeds, supplying to buyers all over the country. As with many growers, Stephen has been having trouble finding workers to pick the chillis but has branched out to selling seeds. At the moment he has around 320…

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Bowen Pipeline takes step toward 2023 turning of soil

CONSTRUCTION of a 105km underground pipeline to transport water from Burdekin Falls Dam south to Bowen has taken a further step forward today with the announcement of a $5 million grant under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. The pipeline, which commences at Home Hill and moves south to Bowen, generally follows the brownfield road reserves […]

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CONSTRUCTION of a 105km underground pipeline to transport water from Burdekin Falls Dam south to Bowen has taken a further step forward today with the announcement of a $5 million grant under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

The pipeline, which commences at Home Hill and moves south to Bowen, generally follows the brownfield road reserves of the Bruce Highway, and will allow the creation of a reliable, secure water supply to Australia’s largest winter vegetable growing area. It will provide non-potable water to existing and future agriculturalists, schools, the aquaculture industry, businesses, and the Bowen township.

Bowen Pipeline Company Directors, Sean Brown and Kathryn Brown, together with Chairman Brent Finlay, thanked Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, and Member for Dawson, George Christensen, for their support.

“We are extremely grateful to the Federal Government, the State Government, Minister Glenn Butcher, and the Whitsunday, Burdekin and Townsville City Councils who together have given us the opportunity to complete the final segments of the work undertaken by our willing band of 40 investors, the majority of whom are local to the Pipeline region,” Mr Brown said.

“The grant announced today will contribute significantly to bringing the project closer to turning soil in 2023.”

KPMG assessed the project would create up to 3,000 full-time jobs as well as 145 jobs during construction. Townsville, as the major industrial and logistics hub for export, will benefit as will Bowen, Home Hill, Ayr and Gumlu, while agricultural production would grow upwards of $400M.

World-class Australian technology will be applied to the onsite extrusions of the High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe in long lengths, to result in 4,000 fewer B double truck movements being required during construction. Water sourced from the pipeline will be prohibited for use in flood irrigation, and water users will utilise modern trickle and drip technology to eliminate run-off and help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

“Not only will the pipeline bring immense benefits to local communities, but it will also allow Australian growers to export to key international markets and take full advantage of the important Free Trade Agreements negotiated by the Federal Government,” Mrs Brown said.

“This project is a wonderful outcome for the hard-working people of the area who currently do not have a reliable and secure supply of water. It also provides an opportunity for vertical integration, and we continue to have positive discussions with domestic and international processing and manufacturing companies about the pipeline’s development.”

For further information go to www.bowenpipeline.com.au

 

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Reader contribution highlight: Michael Caspanello

In 2005, with a passion driven by the importance of water to the community and a strong desire to ensure a future in the Burdekin for his family, Michael nominated and was elected as a Director on the South Burdekin Water Board. Later that same year, Michael took on the position of Deputy Chairperson under...

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In 2005, with a passion driven by the importance of water to the community and a strong desire to ensure a future in the Burdekin for his family, Michael nominated and was elected as a Director on the South Burdekin Water Board. Later that same year, Michael took on the position of Deputy Chairperson under…

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