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

Sam Marano

Sam Marano is a third generation cane farmer with his family farming in the Burdekin since the 1940s.

“We have been perceived that farmers do damage to our environment, it’s all sustainable we don’t waste our chemicals, we don’t waste fertiliser, it’s all too expensive to waste”

Russell Jordan

Russell Jordan began an automated irrigation trial in 2009, by 2017 his whole farm was fully automated.

The automation helps with time, water and electricity savings as well as eliminating run off.

“We’ve got generations that I would like to see stay on the farm.  We do things sustainably, all the inputs are going up that much we are not putting them there not to lose them “

Aaron Linton

Aaron Linton, third generation cane farmer uses control traffic on his farm to make sure they have enough soil for the crops to grow.

“If you look after your paddocks, your paddocks should look after you”

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”

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 and his family owns 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”

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”