AWB’s NSW grain centres will open for business in late October, and to celebrate the occasion, AWB is inviting local growers, grains industry members, residents and media to attend the official openings of the five 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 will be reduced particularly in northern NSW this year, 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 Gilgandra Grain Centre
Newell Highway, Gilgandra, NSW 2827 (4km south of town)
Monday 21 October 2002 at 10am
AWB Nyngan Grain Centre
Barrier Highway, Nyngan, NSW 2825 (1km west of town)
Monday 21 October 2002 at 4pm
AWB Bellata Grain Centre
Penny's Road, Bellata, NSW 2397 (9km north of town)
Tuesday 22 October 2002 at 11am
AWB Narromine Grain Centre
Tullamore Road, Narromine, NSW 2821 (4km south of town)
Tuesday 29 October 2002 at 11am
AWB Oaklands Grain Centre
Milthorpe Street, Oaklands, NSW 2646 (2km south of town)
Thursday 31 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.