Sugar to remain sweet for drivers
By RACHEL SCOLLAY
THE Melbourne-based company which has secured a 10-year contract to haul sugar for the three New South Wales sugar mills plans to buy new trucks and trailers for the job.
General manager of business development, Peter Kinsella, who will head up Specialised Container Transport's (SCT) first regional NSW office in Broadwater, said the sugar contract meant 'substantial investment'.
"We're negotiating with (current contractors) Mills (Transport) for some of the equipment, but not all of it," he said.
"We've got to work out what's best for us. Most of it we'll be purchasing new."
Mr Kinsella said despite the introduction of some new equipment, the task would remain the same and SCT intended to employ the same drivers currently hauling sugar for the NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative.
"The drivers will be doing the same task, just driving different coloured trucks," he said.
"We want to keep it as local as we can ? keep our business local and employ locally.
"We're here for the long haul. Mills has done an excellent job for the sugar business for the last 30 years, but this is a change."
While SCT would only focus on sugar during the harvest season, it would also be looking to develop other opportunities in the off-season, he said.
"We see it as a wonderful opportunity for our company to grow in the area," he said.
"It's a little bit early to start projecting what's going to happen in 10 years.
"It's an awfully long time. But we'll certainly be looking at other opportunities in the area as they arise."
Mr Kinsella said SCT was a very innovative company, which was in the early phases of planning a rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane.
"We currently operate our own trains between Melbourne and Perth," he said.
"And we're well down the path assessing the Melbourne to Brisbane corridor."