Former MP in chair of sugar co-op
IAN CAUSLEY wasn’t planning to continue life as a public figure after his retirement from poli- tics in 2007, but he was recently elected as the new chairman of the NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative.
“I didn’t leave politics for this,” he said yesterday. “But I was one of the inaugural directors of the co-op and many of the growers wanted me to go back there.”
Mr Causley was the National Party’s well-known Page MP for more than 10 years. He now replaces Neil Gregor as the NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative’s chairman.
It is an organisation close to Mr Causley’s heart – his son is a fifth-generation sugar cane grower.
Despite the trouble which has plagued growers over the past two years, he is feeling optimistic about their future.
“They’ve have had a tough time,” he said.
“There is no doubt there have been many other challenges. There still are challenges.”
Mr Causley said the issues with the cogeneration plant would be among the first to be addressed in 2010.
“We haven’t yet got the cogeneration plant to work as well as we would have liked,” he said.
“But we will go back to the drawing board. We won’t give up on it.”
Mr Causley will also be involved with negotiations on the merger with Maryborough Sugar.
No offer has been made, but one is expected in the new year.
The co-op’s chief executive, Chris Connors, said he was looking forward to working with Mr Causley.
“He has got a good background in the industry,” he said.