Ord Stage II

Kununurra: Sugar mill changes hands

The old sugar mill changed hands on Tuesday 15 July.

Ord sugar mill, now leased by a sandlewood company

The old Ord sugar mill

The Chinese Company that plans to develop the new Ord agricultural land plans to use it to process sweet sorghum.

This is to be made into a syrup used to produce a spirit called Baijiu.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

Ord agriculture ‘should expand’ says Governor-General

Australia’s Governor-General says expanding the Ord River Irrigation Scheme should be a national priority.

Sir Peter Cosgrove made the comments during his tour of Katherine, Kununurra and Wyndham.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 Business and finance, Government, Kununurra Comments Off

Kununurra: Governor-General visits

The Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, visited the Ord Stage II works yesterday.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2014 Government Comments Off

Kununurra: Chinese buying old sugar mill

The Chinese developer of Ord Stage II is negotiating to buy Kununurra’s disused sugar mill.

Ord sugar mill, now leased by a sandlewood company

Ord sugar mill

The West Australian says the company will use it to process sorghum which is to be grown as an interim crop, before full-scale sugar production commences.

Meanwhile, new irrigation pipes have now been found to be leaking.

It is expected to cost $11 – 13 million to repair them.

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

Ord Valley: Chinese propose sorghum crop

The Chinese developers of Ord Stage II farmland propose to grow sorghum before they grow sugar.

The company Australian Agricultural Investment says sorghum is used to produce an Asian alcoholic drink called Baijiu.

A spokesman said the same cropping, harvesting and processing equipment can be used for sugar, once it becomes viable.

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Sunday, May 11th, 2014 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off

Ord Stage II: Cropping delayed

Sugar will not be grown in the new Ord agricultural lands this year.

The Chinese company developing is negotiating with the government to begin planting next year.

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Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 Business and finance, Government, Kununurra Comments Off

Ord Stage II: Premier to meet Chinese business leader

Premier Colin Barnett is due to meet the chairman of the Chinese corporation developing Ord Stage II.

He is on a three-day visit to China.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 Business and finance, Government Comments Off

Faulty pipes found in new Ord irrigation works

Inspectors say some of the pipes installed for Ord Stage II are faulty and must be replaced.

The Chinese company that is developing the land says this is not expected to delay the project schedule.

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Monday, March 10th, 2014 Business and finance, Kununurra Comments Off
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