When the sweet turns sour: Queensland split between sugar and solar

Cane farmer Colin Ash at his property in Mirani, Queensland: ‘You just can’t get sentimental about these things.’ Photograph: Ben Smee for the Guardian

As solar farms spread across the central agricultural regions of the sunshine state, opponents are becoming increasingly vocal

Colin Ash has spent a working lifetime in the cane fields near the Pioneer River in central Queensland, out past Marian, where the mill has processed sugar for more than 130 years