We are committed to giving our members the support and services they need as cane growers in the Burdekin, now and in the future.

Damien Michelin

Damien, Tamara and their young family live on their farm overlooking the Burdekin River.  Damien’s family have been a member since they began sugarcane farming, with Damien being a member for the past 15 years.

Damien has confidence in the knowledge and experience of CANEGROWERS Burdekin.

“They know what they’re doing, they’ve done it for years, no reason to go anywhere else”

Vince Papale

Vince is a fourth generation sugarcane farmer based in Home Hill.  His family has been farming sugarcane in the Burdekin since his great-grandfather emigrated from Sicily almost a century ago.

Vince with his wife Rita have won environmental awards for farming practices they have implemented  and the wetlands they created on their farm.

Vince & Rita and their families before them have been members from the start and know the strength of CANEGROWERS.

“I can represent myself pretty well but I’m just one voice and that’s the key to representation, is that you gather your voices, you gather your strength”

Chris Cannavan

Chris is a local grower whose family has been supplying sugarcane to the Inkerman Mill since it’s inception in 1914.

The Cannavan family have a long history of innovation in cane.  Arthur Cannavan Chris’s father was instrumental in the introduction of mechanical chopper harvesting and the innovation continued through the generations.

Murray Cannavan

Murray Cannavan, along with his father Chris and brother Lee, own sugarcane farms in Home Hill dating back to the first cane fields in the Burdekin.

The Cannavan family are long standing members of CANEGROWERS and know the battles their representative body has faced for its members.

“I can’t see how anybody else could do a better job”