Stanley Mackay planted his first banana crop in North Queensland in 1945, beginning a family tradition that his five grandchildren continue today.
Mackays Bananas produces over 10 per cent of Australia’s bananas on 1200 ha around Tully in Queensland.
With 500 staff, Mackays runs its own banana farms, logistics, warehousing and marketing. Mackays also grow sugarcane, RebloTM papaya, and run cattle.
Bananas are harvested all year, meaning the diesel powered harvesting equipment is rarely in the shed, but rather on the 250 kms of internal, private roads maintained by Mackays.
They can use up to 1 million litres of diesel each year.
“Farming is such a low margin game,” Cameron Mackay says. “Any tax increases would place severe pressure on our costs of doing business.”