Industry tour & social events

Join the industry tour

We invite all attending the 55th Council Session of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) Council Meetings and one-day Conference to join the full-day Sugar Industry Tour on Tuesday 16 July 2019.  The tour is included in your registration and will give you a valuable and interesting overview of the Australian sugar industry.

Remember to book your flights to arrive in Cairns by Monday 15 July so you can join the industry tour.

Each day during the production season of the Australian sugar industry –

  • about 450 harvesters cut 230,000 tonnes of sugarcane.
  • 200 locomotives use 4,500 cane bins to deliver this sugarcane to 19 sugar mills across 3,000 kilometres of cane railways
  • Five more mills receive cane by road transport
  • On average the harvested sugarcane is crushed within 10 hours of harvest producing about 33,000 tonnes of sugar per day.
  • Most of this sugar is then delivered to a bulk sugar terminal within one day.

Travelling by air-conditioned coaches, conference tour participants will find themselves in the middle of these operations across two mill areas, one with a cane railway and the other with delivery by road.

Lunch will be provided to participants in a magnificent parkland setting overlooking the major irrigation dam on the Tablelands at Tinaroo.

Then on to the newly opened $75 million Green Energy Power Station at the Tableland Mill near Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. The Green Energy Power Plant turns 100 per cent renewable bagasse into green energy.  

Tour participants will have an opportunity to join guided tours of both the modern factory and the power station before embarking on the journey back to Cairns down  the scenic Kuranda Range with views of the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef islands.

The tour will also provide a unique opportunity to inspect the Australian industry’s major plant breeding facility at Meringa. It is the only Sugar Research Australia (SRA) station where field crossing is conducted.

Meringa Station also houses three photoperiod facilities used to enhance flowering of sugarcane, which increases the amount of genetic material available for breeding new varieties. The Northern Selection Program also operates from Meringa, producing commercial varieties for growers in Far North Queensland.

Other major research activities based at Meringa include canegrub control (canegrubs are the industry’s worst animal pest), milling efficiency and technology, weed management, nutrient management, water quality, and knowledge transfer and industry adoption.

Meringa Sugar Experiment Station was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2014 in recognition of the research achievements, history and contribution to the Gordonvale community. Since 2014, Meringa has been subject to major capital investment by SRA to modernise its facilities to allow the continuation of first-class research while preserving the station’s history.

Everyone on the industry tour will be up close to a large commercial sugarcane farming operation with sugarcane grown under industry best practice farming systems.

For travel and catering reasons, we need you to register if you would like to take part in the free Sugar Industry Tour.  Click here and tick the Industry Tour box on the registration form.

Let’s meet up at the Welcome Reception

Following the industry tour, we will gather on the Daintrees Pool Deck at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel for the ISO Meetings and Conference Welcome Reception.  

This is a great opportunity to relax amid lush tropical surrounds after the tour, enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and meet those attending the whole event.

Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements so we can cater for everyone.

Enjoy the Gala Dinner

Explore the rich history of the world’s oldest living culture, dating back more than 40,000 years, when you visit the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park for the 55th Council Session of the International Sugar Organization (ISO) Council Meetings and one-day Conference Gala Dinner.

Tjapukai has been sharing the authentic culture and traditions of the local Djabugay people for the past 28 years. A short drive from the Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Tjapukai is set in 25 acres of lush tropical grounds with a mountain rainforest backdrop. The venue offers guests a unique insight into traditional Australian Aboriginal lifestyle and culture.

The ethereal tone of a didgeridoo will echo through the Canopy Breezeway, where we will welcome you with pre-dinner drinks and canapes. Experience the Lakeside Fire-making performance and the fireball spectacle over the Lake.

Dinner will be held in the Flame Tree Restaurant prepared by Tjapukai’s award winning catering team.

You can select from a buffet of Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads and desserts featuring tantalising Indigenous flavours, bush spices and fresh tropical ingredients. Those preferring vegetarian, vegan, halal and other dietary requirements will be catered for.  Please advise the Conference Manager of any dietary requirements at the time of completing your registration form.

After dinner you’ll be treated to a high-impact dance performance on stage while you relax in comfort inside the air-conditioned restaurant. We’ll take you on an enjoyable Australian experience here in Cairns, Far North Queensland.