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Staff at the Harwood Sugar Mill were the proud recipients of a plaque from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service this week.

Through payroll contributions, the Sunshine Sugar workforce has donated over $250,000 to this important and valuable local service.

Since 1975 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has grown from a part-time voluntary summer beach patrol to world-class aeromedical search and rescue operation.

Today, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service operates 4 aircraft and undertakes more than 1000 missions each year across the Hunter, New England – North West, Central Coast, Central West and Mid North Coast regions. This area covers approximately 132,000 square kilometers and includes a population of 1.2 million people.

On the back of continued community support, no-one has ever paid to be airlifted from an emergency.

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Samuel Brandon of Maclean will commence study at Monash University in Melbourne in March.

Sam has been offered a place in the Bachelor of Advanced Science – Global Challenges (Honours) course. With just 50 places offered in this program, Sam’s successful entry has been gained based on a combination of his academic performance, along with social skills and leadership potential.

More than just a Science Degree, this exclusive stream of study specifically looks at science in the context of how it can be of relevance and benefit to businesses and communities.

As the recipient of the Maclean High School inaugural ‘Professor Warwick Anderson STEM Award’, Sam recently received a $1,000 cash prize from sponsor Sunshine Sugar. In a meeting with Sunshine Sugars’ Harwood Mill Operations Manager, Mr Grant Kaczorowski this week, Sam said; “This cash prize has been a real boost. It has already helped fund travel to Melbourne for my University interviews, as well as accommodation and text book expenses.”

Sam has been actively involved in a number of school and community initiatives over the past few years, including attendance at the National Youth Science Forum, participation in Rotaract, work on a local Council malicious damage awareness program and he even found time to play a regular game of squash, perform in the School Musical and help with the Chess Club at Gulmarrad Public School.

This great all-rounder is set for a bright future as he embarks on the next stage of his education and his life.

Harwood School letter
Staff and students from the Harwood Island Public School walked from their school to the Sugar Mill today to see just how the local Sunshine Sugar is made. From watching the cane trucks tip their 22 tonne loads of billets into a giant shredding machine, through to the 100,000 tonne capacity raw sugar shed and into the refinery and packing station – the students were amazed by every step in the journey sugar makes from the paddock through to the final pack. The NSW Sugar Industry prides itself on being a business that regularly engages with the local community. As well as being a major employer and contributor to the local economy, in the past 12 months alone, Sunshine Sugar has hosted numerous school groups, sponsored over 30 local community groups and donated combinations of cash, product and prizes to many more throughout the Northern Rivers.
Read more of the wonderful thank you letters from students.
Harwood Island Public School - Thank You Letters


Bill Scales

99-year-old Bill Scales was a very special guest at the Harwood Sugar Mill and Refinery today.

The former Grafton Ophthalmologist and current resident at Mareeba Aged Care in Maclean, only recently lost his beloved wife of 73 years. It was then that Bill decided to make a list of goals for himself to achieve in the next year.

Bills goals are to 1. make it to 100 years of age, which he will do next February; 2. participate in another ANZAC Day March; and 3. visit the Harwood Sugar Mill.

Operations Manager, Grant Kaczorowski and Engineer Peter Coram were only too happy to help Bill realise his goal of touring the Sugar Mill.

Accompanied by his daughters Deb and Bel, a thrilled Bill remarked that the steam engine and raw sugar shed capable of storing 100,000 tonnes of raw sugar were amongst his highlights.

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