They are an important part of one of the most significant local and historical industries in the Clarence Valley, and now, their extraordinary efforts and dedication to their jobs are being recognized.
Sunshine Sugar is hosting a special morning tea at the Harwood Hall on May 15 at 10am to extend their appreciation to hand cane cutters as well as loading operators, derricks and cane punts.
Agriculture Extension Officer for Sunshine Sugar Alister Smith said employees of the sugar industry have “quite literally, carried our industry on their backs, and while it has been many years since mechanical harvesting took over, we would never have made it to this point without the enormous contribution of these men,” he said.
“Anyone who was part of a gang or worked in the associated tasks is welcome to come along, You just need to bring yourselves and any stories you can remember to share.”
Sunshine Sugar, along with Clarence Canegrowers, will provide morning tea for attendees. Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to contact Mr Smith on 0429 842 472 prior to the event.