Sweet Makeover for Cane Growers Office

The newly refurbished Clarence Cane Growers office in River Street Maclean, officially opened its doors to special guests today.

Mayor Jim Simmons, along with Clarence Valley Council General Manager, Ashley Lindsay and President of the Maclean Chamber of Commerce Peter Gordon; all spoke at the event; acknowledging the significant value of the cane industry to the local economy and the demonstration of commitment by the Association in investing in the future of their main street offices, their workforce and their members.

The event was also attended by representatives from the Richmond and Tweed Valley cane grower groups as well as staff from the Harwood Sugar Mill and Refinery.

The catalyst for the transformation was extensive termite damage to the timber floors and walls of the original building. Local tradespeople were brought in to repair and extensively renovate the building that has housed local cane grower association staff for decades.

Chairman of the Clarence Cane Growers and the NSW Cane Growers, Mr Ross Farlow, said; “We are very proud of the modern and well-equipped facility we now have, and look forward to this being a solid and productive base for current and future generations of local cane industry representatives.”

Resident staff members Brendan Reeves and Teresa Colbrelli played an active role in designing and overseeing the renovation project.

As incoming Manager of the Clarence Cane Growers, Brendan has been able to put his own mark on the design and fit out of his new office space. He remarked; “A lot of thought has gone into not just the layout of the rooms, but things such as the use of colour and flow of natural light into different spaces has been considered.”

The Clarence Cane Industry is the biggest contributor to the Clarence Valley agri-food economy, with an estimated value of around $90 million. Made up of farming families, local cane growers have been a major part of the Clarence Valley landscape and community for well over 100 years.

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