DOUGLAS Shire Council has welcomed a bipartisan cash injection that will save the Mossman Mill and transform the site into an innovative bio refinery.
The State Government today announced a $25 million support package to help Far Northern Milling Pty Ltd establish an innovative bio refinery.
It comes after the Federal Government committed up to $20 million to help transition the Mossman Mill into the start of the art facility.
Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu commended both levels of government for pledging their strong support for the economic lifeline.
“Christmas has come early for the people of Mossman and I am absolutely ecstatic,” she said.
“The Mossman Mill is our region’s economic heartbeat and this funding sows the seeds for growth in Douglas Shire agriculture.
“I would like to thank our Cook MP Cynthia Lui, the Federal Government, and also congratulate the Mossman and Tablelands cane growers for their continued hard work.”
Council has approved funding up to $250,000 to help Far Northern Milling Pty Ltd cover costs of acquiring the mill.
The funding follows more than 25 meetings that Mayor Leu held with State and Federal Politicians, such as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, State Development Minister Cameron Dick and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
“It is truly satisfying to see relentless political advocacy reap rewards and today we can say the future is looking really bright for Mossman,” Mayor Leu said.
“I know there will be countless growers, small businesses and key stakeholders breathing a sigh of relief today.”