Cane Truck Information and News

Over the line

Road Safety Audit highlights unsuitability of Range Road for B-Doubles

JAMARR commissioned an independent Road Safety Study (RSA) to assess public safety conditions on a portion of the cane hauling route approved for use by Mackay Sugar’s fleet of contracted B-Doubles (via QUBE Logistics). The RSA is a formal document that is intended to audit the safety characteristics of a given stretch of road. Our RSA covers from Mt Molloy (Bakers Rd) to the foot of the range at Cassowary. The RSA was undertaken in June-July 2014 by a Registered…

0
Read More

Transport & Main Roads provide Average Annual Traffic figures

At the Feb 2014 meeting meeting members voted to send a query letter to Hon Scott Emerson, Minister for Transport and Main Roads to follow up on a matter that had been troubling the community since Quinton Hildebrandt (Mackay Sugar CEO) addressed us in May of 2013. When pressed about the impacts that having a heavy vehicle rolling through our communites every 6 minutes, 24 x 7 for half of the year, Quniton calmly noted that Mackay’s proposal represented “a…

0
Read More

Mackay gets rubber stamp from Environment agency

At the Feb 2014 JAMARR meeting astute members brought it to the group’s attention that the feredal agency charged with protecting the environment had rubber-stamped Mackay Sugar’s application to run ~42,000 trucks through the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics without objection. Robyn Rose found the approval had been granted on 19 Nov 2013 by the Australian Government Department of the Environment. Mackay’s application was assessed under the EPBC Act (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Protection). The entire documentation is attached here…

0
Read More

Backroads approved for heavy trucks

One of the concerns residents have concerning cane haulage relates to the use of “backroads” for heavy trucks. Why are heavy trucks used on small backroads? Cane properties are staked out across the Tablelands, and cane farmers use the same minor access roads that residents and other primary producers use. Cane is harvested into large cage “bins” which are moved by tractor up to a transfer point at the edge of a farm property. From here the roughly-chopped cane “bats”…

0
Read More

Community Working Group announced

Mackay Sugar has announced its selection for the Community Working Group (CWG). The first meeting is slated for 26 August (2013) and the group is expected to run for one year. Mackay Sugar hired local corporate communications consultants to help address local residents’ concerns over the substantial increase in cane haulage that will impact on the communities of Molloy and Julatten in particular. The CWG is expected to meet once every two months, with its last meeting just before the…

0
Read More
Proudly supported by
MSC logo
MRWMG
Browse info