AWB’s South Australian grain centres will open for business in October, and to celebrate the occasion, AWB is inviting local growers, grains industry members, residents and media to attend the official openings of the three centres.
AWB Limited Managing Director Andrew Lindberg said the event would provide a first hand look at the lay out and operation of the state-of-the-art receival facilities, before they open for harvest.
"AWB is aware that production in some parts of South Australia will be affected this year by adverse seasonal conditions, however these long term investments in storage and handling will play an important role in improving supply chain efficiency well into the future," said Mr Lindberg
"Once up and running the centres will offer growers a number of benefits, with fast turnaround times for grain deliveries, and rapid rail outloading facilities, which will reduce the costs in getting grain from paddock to port.
"The new AWB grain centres have been designed to ensure growers within a 100km radius will receive substantial benefits from delivering to the grain centre, and we can expect savings of at least $2 - $3 per tonne on the combined up country storage and handling fee and the rail deduction to port," said Mr Lindberg.
The facilities will use the latest technology and will have the capacity to receive 8,000 tonnes of grain receivals per day.
The grain centre official opening details are as follows:
AWB Mallala Grain Centre
Cameron Terrace, Mallala, SA 5502 (0.5km south of town)
Wednesday 23 October 2002 at 10am
AWB Crystal Brook Grain Centre
Eyre Road, Crystal Brook, SA 5523 (1.5km north of town)
Wednesday 23 October 2002 at 4pm
AWB Pinnaroo Grain Centre
Mallee Highway, Pinnaroo, SA 5304 (4km east of town)
Wednesday 30 October 2002 at 4pm
Site tours and refreshments will be available following the formalities.
AWB management and local area staff will be available on the day to field any questions.