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Sugarcane Industry Fast Facts

The Milling Council compiles and distributes information on many matters of interest to its members and the general public.

Paddock to Plate 

To understand more about the journey from sugarcane seedling to the table sugar visit All About Sugars

Fast Facts

Co-generation – In a process called co-generation, bagasse (the fibrous residue left after the sugar juice has been removed), is recycled and used as boiler fuel in sugar mills. The bagasse is burnt at temperatures of up to 800 degrees Celsius to produce steam, which provides heat for the milling process and drives turbines to generate renewable electricity for export to the national grid.  

Sugar cane railways are a local feature from Childers, near Bundaberg to Mossman in Far North Queensland. The network (610 mm gauge) and rolling stock is owned, operated, upgraded and maintained by sugar mill owners. Sugar mills invest heavily to maintain the cane rail infrastructure.

  • Total track length – 4,000km
  • Number of locomotives: 250 (all diesel hydraulic)
  • Number of bins: 52,000 (four wheel and bogie)
  • Bin capacity: 4 tonnes to 14 tonnes
  • Locomotive power: 520 kilowatts
  • Longest run: 119 km, typical run: 13 kms up to 35 kms.
  • Loco top speed: 40 km/h
  • Load weight: up to 2000 tonnes
  • Train length: up to 1 kilometre.