Community spirit strong at the mill

Michael Dogg, Brittaney Hall and Ana Kehl were proud to share education in regards to the mill.

By Angela Norval

The first weeks of the 2022 season have been very busy for the Isis Mill team as they not only provided valuable education for the community, but also thanked a team member for their service.

The mill’s Cane Train Safety Day allowed students from the region’s schools to see firsthand the size of the Isis Mill Cane Trains.

By the end of this informative session they agreed everyone needed to be cautious around the region’s roadways and rail networks and to never play in rail corridors.

Isis Mill chief executive officer Peter Hawe said the same team also participated in the careers day at the Isis District State High School, which was a great opportunity to showcase employment opportunities at Isis Mill.

“It also allowed us to take a group of employees, including two apprentices from the Isis Mill, along to speak directly with students,” he said.

“The team had some fun, met a lot of potential employees, enjoyed the tasty treats supplied by the student catering section and were able to talk directly with educators about career paths at Isis Mill.”

The second week of the 2022 season was also beneficial at the Isis Central Sugar Mill, with 51,195.08 tonnes processed through the rollers.

Harvesting contractors have been both surprised and encouraged with the rapid rate that the soggy field conditions have dried out.

There were 25 harvesters operating during this week across the Isis Mill supply area, which spans from the Kolan River in the north to the Maroochy River in the south.

Through this processing success there was a little sadness as the Isis Central Sugar Mill team farewelled chief electrician Ian Dinsey who retired after over 41 years of dedicated service to the Isis Mill.

Ian joined the business in 1981 in an era when computers, instrumentation and technology were all becoming commonplace in factories around the world.

The sugar industry had to adopt technology to stay in business and Ian certainly contributed to significant changes at Isis Mill.

Isis Mill chief executive officer Peter Hawe said there was every likelihood that all the current plant at Isis Mill had Ian’s fingerprints on it at some stage during his long career.

“Ian was integral in the automation of the full yard system at Isis Mill, played a huge role in the automation of the panstage process and developed affordable automatic points for the cane railway network,” he said.

“Ian has led the electrical team at Isis Mill and has been heavily involved in the safety program.

“Ian loves Childers and will be based there. Ian plans to explore and is quite happy to be four-wheel driving in isolated locations, without phone reception, around a campfire at night, looking out towards the horizon.

“Ian’s dedication, loyalty and input over the years has been invaluable and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”