Push for land release to increase sugar cane production

THE allocation of State land to increase sugar cane production will provide a positive economic injection to the Fraser Coast, Mayor Gerard O'Connell says.

Cr O'Connell has been pushing for unallocated land to be released so the region's cane harvest can increase from on average 800,000 tonnes annually.

"We need to bring that up," he said.

He said if land was able to be secured for primary industry uses, the benefits would include increase growth and economic activity.

The sugar industry is one of the largest industries within the Maryborough region, supporting 500 families with a total economic value of $500 million.

Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern's 2012 election commitment was to grow agriculture.

She agreed accessing more land was critical to growing the cane industry in the region.

"The LNP Government and MSF Sugar have been working to identify suitable parcels of land and to work through all the issues which need addressing," she said.

While many details are "commercial in confidence", MSF Sugar has previously made an application to lease land for sugarcane production in Susan River.

"If given the opportunity, I will continue to look at all measures to grow agriculture including looking at how to maximise the water supply needed for agriculture," Ms Maddern said.



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