About us

STL owns and operates six bulk commodity terminals in Queensland and plays a vital role in Australia’s sugar market, handling over 90% of the raw sugar produced in Australia each year.

STL’s terminals provide 2.5 million tonnes of storage capacity and handle more than 4.6 million tonnes of commodities each year. In addition to around 4 million tonnes of bulk sugar, STL also handles more than half a million tonnes of other commodities annually, including molasses, wood pellets, gypsum and silica sands.

STL has over $350 million in assets in strategic port locations across Queensland.  We have in place 100 year leases with the port authorities at each of our six terminals.  These leases include rolling options to extend for a further 100 year period.

Purpose & Values

Purpose:

To be a sustainable, globally competitive provider of storage and handling solutions for bulk sugar and other commodities.

Values:

We are passionate about being:

Safe –
A team that cares for people
Sustainable –
Responsible stewards of our assets and the environment, maintaining and creating long term value in the business
Independent –

Equitable and honest, acting with integrity, providing open access

Service orientated –
Focused on customer satisfaction, cost-efficiency, excellence and quality
Innovative –
Future-focused, always improving, flexible, responsive and transforming
Working with us

STL are focused on delivering quality services to our customers, in line with our purpose and values. If you are interested in joining our team, please send your CV and a covering letter to info@sugarterminals.com.au

Our people
Sugar Terminals Limited (STL) owns and operates six bulk commodity terminals in Queensland, located at the ports of Cairns, Mourilyan, Lucinda, Townsville, Mackay and Bundaberg.
Board and Management
Management is represented by:
John Warda

Mr Warda commenced as Chief Executive Officer of STL on 3 April 2017. He is a highly experienced Senior Operations Executive and brings to the Company more than 40 years of experience in logistics and supply chain strategy, primarily in the agribusiness sector. In previous roles, he has managed the operations and maintenance of large port and storage infrastructure assets and in more recent years, has been accountable for developing supply chain assets for Multi-national agribusinesses both in Australia and overseas. This has included delivering cost-effective solutions for the storage and handling of bulk commodities for the long-term benefit of industry.

Peter Bolton

Mr Bolton commenced as Chief Financial Officer of STL on 18 April 2017 and was appointed Company Secretary on 24 May 2017. He has over 20 years’ experience in large-scale commercial enterprises in Australia and internationally. Prior to joining STL, Peter held roles as COO and CFO at Amart Furniture. Previously, he held senior finance roles with Woolworths, including Head of Finance for their liquor division and joint venture with TATA in India. Peter is a CPA and holds a Masters of Management, Bachelor’s Degrees in Commerce and Arts and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Richards

Mr Richards commenced as Engineering Manager with STL on 26 November 2018. He has over 20 years’ experience in both Operations and Asset Management of large-scale asset intensive industries. Prior to joining STL, David held roles as the Executive Manager of Asset Management and Operations Manager at Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal.  David holds a Graduate Diploma in Asset Management, Graduate Diploma in Business, Advanced Diploma in Business, Associate Diploma in Engineering.  David is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Asset Management.

The STL Board currently has seven members:
(Alan) Mark Gray

Mr Gray was appointed as an Independent Director and Chairman of STL on 7 March 2017. His career spans some 45 years and encompasses an extensive array of senior executive and board appointments. He has served in executive roles in government and private sector organisations, including as Under Treasurer of the Queensland Treasury Department, CEO of the Queensland Competition Authority and the Queensland Independent Commission of Audit, Office Head at Macquarie Group and Executive Director with BDO. Mark is currently the Chairman (Queensland Section) and a Director (Federation Board) of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. He is also a non-executive director of Data#3, GenomiQa, Queensland Urban Utilities, Tailored Superannuation Services and Queensland Cricket, and a member of the Councils of Griffith University and Brisbane Boys’ College. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Economics. He is a Senior Fellow with the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). 

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Tony (Anthony) Bartolo

Mr Bartolo was appointed as a Director on the STL Board on 24 October 2018.  He is a third generation farmer – BMP accredited. 

Tony has extensive experience in financial services and the sugar industry. He was a Partner of DGL Accountants (1999-2013) and is a former Director of Mackay Sugar.  He is a graduate of the AICD, holds a Fellowship of CPA Australia, Dip of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and Bachelor of Commerce. He is also a JP.

Tony is a member of the Company’s Finance & Audit Committee.

Sam (Salvatore) Bonanno

Mr Bonanno was appointed as an Independent Director of STL on 7 March 2017. He is an independent management consultant specialising in ports, logistics, infrastructure and mining operations. With more than 35 years’ experience in Australia and overseas, his roles encompassed strategic planning, commercial negotiations, operations management, asset management, project management, minerals processing and bulk supply chain management.  Sam is currently on the Board of Sugar Research Australia and is a Member of the Strategic Planning and Projects Committee, University Council at CQUniversity.  He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Central Queensland University, an Advanced Diploma in Business Management from the Australian Institute of Management, and has completed the Supply Chain Management residential program at Stanford University, USA. Sam is a member of the Institute of Engineers and a Graduate member of the AICD. Sam is the Chairman of the STL Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Committee.

Ian Davies

Mr Davies was appointed as a Director of STL on 20 October 2016. He is General Manager of Wilmar Sugar Australia’s agricultural operations, accountable for farming operations, plant breeding and research and development. His experience has included management roles in a range of industries including finance, supply chain and logistics, sugar and cotton. Ian holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Rural Technology) as well as postgraduate qualifications in management. He is also a Graduate member of the AICD. Ian is a member of the Company’s Finance & Audit Committee and Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Committee.

Leanne Muller

Ms Muller joined the Board of STL in December 2017. Leanne is a highly experienced finance executive with a 30 year career including senior corporate financial management roles and professional advisory services roles. Leanne has previously worked as Chief Financial Officer (or equivalent) for RACQ, Uniting Care Queensland and Energex Limited. Prior to those appointments Leanne worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and with the Australian Securities Commission. Leanne is currently on the boards of Data#3, QInsure Limited, Peak Services, Mayflower Enterprises Pty Ltd, Hyne & Sons Pty Ltd, XLam Holdings Pty Ltd and Guide Dogs Queensland.  Leanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and graduate member of the AICD. Leanne is Chair of the Company’s Finance & Audit Committee.

Shayne Rutherford

Mr Rutherford was appointed as a Director of STL on 28 October 2011. He is an experienced senior executive and director with a career spanning over 30 years including corporate and commercial leadership roles for CSR Ltd and Wilmar Sugar Australia and previous directorships with the Harwood Superannuation Fund and BSES Ltd.  He has particular expertise in strategy and corporate development, sales and marketing, commodity risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and project management.  Shayne has worked in a broad range of industries including sugar, agribusiness, oil and gas, manufacturing, consulting and petrochemicals.  Shayne holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Hons 1) and an MBA.  His also a graduate member of the AICD.

Shayne is a member of the Company’s Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Committee.

Drew (Donald) Watson

Mr Watson was appointed as a Director on the STL Board on 28 October 2011. He is the Manager and Director of a 500-hectare cane farm in Far North Queensland.  Drew was Chairman of Canegrowers Mossman from 2001 to 2019 and was on Canegrowers Queensland Policy Council from 2013 to 2019.

Our history

August 2018 marks 20 years since the establishment of STL.

The company’s assets have a much longer history, dating back to the 1950s and 1960s, when all six of STL’s bulk sugar terminals were constructed along Queensland’s coast.

STL was originally established as part of a suite of sugar industry reforms focused on deregulation. The timeline below charts the history of STL since its incorporation.
Sugar Terminals Limited (STL) is incorporated as an Australian public company limited by shares

STL commences operations following the transfer of the bulk sugar terminal assets and port authority leases previously part of Queensland Sugar Corporation.

Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) is established at the same time to continue the other responsibilities of Queensland Sugar Corporation: marketing all export sugar produced in Queensland and managing all of the bulk sugar terminals. STL grants QSL an initial 8-year sub-lease to operate all STL terminals, with options to extend for 10 further 3-year periods.

STL becomes industry-owned when 360 million shares are transferred to 12,5000 eligible Growers and 11 eligible Millers.

STL’s G Class shares are listed on the Newcastle Stock Exchange (now the National Stock Exchange of Australia).

Queensland Government introduces a new sugar marketing system that allows millers to market their export sugar independently of QSL.
STL sells its terminal at the Port of Brisbane for $34 million and pays a special dividend to shareholders.
Cyclone Yasi arrives in Far North Queensland, causing significant damage to STL’s Lucinda terminal as well as minor damage at Mourilyan and Townsville.
STL gives the green light to a $100 million project to replace the roofing of 12 of 15 sheds over 7 years, beginning with Mackay.

Queensland’s 3 largest Millers (Wilmar, MSF and Tully Sugar) announce they will market their own sugar from the 2017 season.

STL changes its business model to become a hands-on infrastructure services provider, contracting directly with customers and engaging QSL Operations as its operations contractor.
A new era of sugar marketing begins with STL catering for multiple customers at each terminal.
Governance
Board and Management

STL’s Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction and affairs of the business. It operates in accordance with the STL Constitution and within the framework of requirements, expectations and interests of customers and communities.  The Chairman oversees the conduct of the Board and its relations with shareholders and other stakeholders.  He chairs Board meetings and general meetings of shareholders and works closely with the CEO and CFO/Company Secretary.

STL’s Board Charter provides detailed information on the operation of the Board and can be viewed here.

The Board of STL comprises seven members. In accordance with the STL Constitution, G Class and M Class shareholders have equal representation on the Board, with two grower appointed Directors, two miller appointed Directors. In addition, STL has three independent Directors, including an independent Chairman.

Constitution
Safety, Health & Environment Policy
Ownership
STL is a public company owned by more than 5,600 Queensland sugar industry grower and miller shareholders.
Listing details

STL’s G Class Shares were listed on the National
Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX) on 26 February 2004. Only active growers may buy or sell G class shares and an order must be placed with a stockbroker of the NSX. All buy orders must be accompanied by a Member Status Declaration.

Share registry
STL’s share registry is managed by Link Market Services.
Sugar Terminals Limited
c/- Link Market Services Limited
Locked Bag A14
Sydney South NSW 1235
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers to questions detailed below are neither intended nor should be relied upon as being comprehensive. You should always make your own inquiries or seek independent advice.

No. Your G Class shares do not attach or relate to your farm and do not have to be sold with the sale of your cane farm. If as a result of the farm sale you no longer supply cane under a cane supply contract to a mill in Queensland then you are no longer an Active Grower. The implications of no longer being an Active Grower are set out below.

(i) Yes, if you supply cane under a cane supply contract to a mill in Queensland in the current season.

(ii) No, if you have leased your farm to someone else even though you may intend to resume cane growing sometime in the future.

(iii) No, if you are a natural person and the cane supply contract with the mill is in the name of a company or other legal entity in which you have an interest.

(i) You cannot purchase any more G Class shares.

(ii) You still have the right to receive notice of and attend either general meetings of the company or class meetings of G Class shareholders but you cannot vote.

(iii) You have the right to receive dividends as determined from time to time by Directors.

(iv) You must immediately notify the company in writing that you are no longer an Active Grower and you must dispose of your shares as soon as practicable.

(v) If the shares are not disposed as soon as practical then Directors may issue a written notice called a Transfer Notice.

(i) You must dispose of the shares within the time period specified in the notice.

(ii) If you fail to comply with the notice then Directors may, on your behalf, sell your shares at such price and terms and conditions as the Directors shall in their absolute discretion think fit and pay the net proceeds (after expenses) back to you.

The restrictions exist to ensure that the Company remains owned and controlled by active participants in the industry.

STL shares may be sold by way of an off market transfer to an Active Grower. Once you have found an Active Grower who wishes to purchase your shares, you should obtain the following documents from Link Market Services:

1. Off Market Standard Transfer Form

2. Member Status Declaration

The transfer document and completed Member Status Declaration should then be sent to Link Market Services for processing.

G Class shares can be traded on market through a stockbroker on the National Stock Exchange of Australia. You should refer to the Practice Note Number 8 on the National Stock Exchange of Australia website www.nsx.com.au

G Class shares can be purchased on market through a stockbroker on the National Stock Exchange of Australia. You should refer to the Practice Note Number 8 on the National Stock Exchange of Australia website www.nsx.com.au. It will be necessary for you to complete and sign a Member Status Declaration and forward it to your broker each time you purchase shares.

Where a member who held shares jointly with another person dies, the surviving joint member can make application to Link Market Services to register the surviving joint member as the holder. A certified copy of the death certificate should be provided to establish the death of the deceased.

Where a member is not a joint holder and has left a will, the deceased’s Executor may either elect to be registered as the holder or transfer the shares in accordance with his or her powers as Executor. The deceased’s Executor will need to provide Link Market Services with:

1. a certified copy of the death certificate;

2. a certified copy of the will;

3. a certified copy of Probate.

The requirement to provide probate may be waived where:

1. the value of the deceased’s holding in the Company is less than $15,000; or

2. the Company Secretary is satisfied that Probate is not being obtained due to costs involved relative to the size of the estate and that the requirement should be waived in the particular circumstance. (The Executor will need to obtain from Link Market Services a Declaration that it is not intended to apply for probate.)

Where the Executor elects to be registered as the holder of the shares, then a Transmission Application must be obtained from, completed and then returned to Link Market Services. Where the Executor elects to register the shares directly to the beneficiaries or a third party then he or she must provide the necessary transfer documentation, including a duly executed Member Status Declaration.

The Company’s dividend policy is to pay, on a bi annual basis, as high a dividend as possible having regard to the Company’s cash position and the tests set out in section 254T of the Corporations Act.

All shareholder enquiries should be directed to Link Market Services who maintain the registry of shares for Sugar Terminals Limited. Shareholders can contact Link Market Services by telephoning 1300 554 474. Alternatively, shareholders may prefer to write to:

Sugar Terminals Limited c/- Link Market Services
Locked Bag A14
Sydney South NSW 1235
T 1300 554 474
F 02 9287 0303
To notify Sugar Terminals Limited of change of address details, shareholders should immediately forward a personally signed letter quoting their shareholder number and nominating their new address to Link Market Services at the address above.
Shareholders who change their name should notify the company in writing, attaching a certified copy of a relevant marriage certificate or deed poll. Change of name information should be forwarded to Link Market Services at the address above.
Shareholders who do not wish to receive the annual report should advise the company in writing, quoting their shareholder number to Link Market Services at the address above.