HOPE: The signing of an On-Supply agreement has given canegrowers stability.
HOPE: The signing of an On-Supply agreement has given canegrowers stability. Peter Carruthers

Agreement gives growers certainty

WITH On-Supply agreements now signed between QSL and Wilmar, there is one more hurdle left for Proserpine's canegrowers looking for certainty leading up to the crush.

The important milestone reached on Monday has paved the way for Cane-Supply Agreements to be signed ahead of the crush and allows growers to choose either QSL or Wilmar to market their sugar.

While time is of the essence, Canegrowers Proserpine manager Mike Porter said he was confident there were no major issues left to resolve.

"Everything is now back on track, but things are a little behind schedule as we have the crush on July 4 so we have a limited window to get the cane supply agreement amended," he said

"(But) the news about the signing is very gratifying and growers will take confidence from that."

Mr Porter said all that was left was to ensure the Cane-Supply agreement reflected the arrangement between QSL and Wilmar.

Wilmar executive manager for North Queensland John Pratt said the mediation process had brought about an outcome acceptable to both parties.

"This has been a challenging and frustrating chapter for all parties in our re-regulated industry. Legal and commercial relationships have been reshaped and with that, our various responsibilities and risks have changed," he said.

"I want to acknowledge the valuable assistance provided by Mr Chesterman during mediation. His involvement was instrumental in facilitating the parties reaching an agreement."

QSL managing director and CEO Greg Beashel thanked growers for their unwavering support. "As we enter the new era of marketing choice for Wilmar Sugar growers, I'd like to thank the many growers who have steadfastly supported QSL," he said.