AWB GrainFlow will open the doors to its two new Queensland grain centres on Wednesday, September 17, and to celebrate the occasion, is inviting local growers, grains industry members, residents and media to attend the official openings of the two sites.
AWB Managing Director Andrew Lindberg said the event would provide a first hand look at the lay out and operation of AWB GrainFlow’s new, state-of-the-art receival facilities at Talwood and The Gums, before they open for business at harvest.
"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," Mr Lindberg said.
"The AWB GrainFlow sites have been designed to ensure growers will receive substantial benefits from delivering to the grain centre, and we are expecting to offer savings of at least $2 - $3 per tonne on the combined up country storage and handling fee and the rail deduction to port," Mr Lindberg said.
AWB GrainFlow Talwood and AWB GrainFlow The Gums will each have a total site storage capacity of about 130,000 tonnes and be able to receive 8000 tonnes of grain daily. Their fast out loading ability, with two 1350 tonne over-rail bins, will be capable of loading a 2500 tonne train in less than 2.5 hours.
The sites will also includes a double-sided sampling platform, integrated receival data capture, weighbridge capacity of 160 tonnes, and advanced elevator and conveyor systems.
To improve efficiency for growers even further, the facilities will operate on extended hours during the peak harvest period, open from 7am to 11pm, seven days a week.
Details of the official openings are as follows:
AWB GrainFlow Talwood
Barwon Highway, Talwood Qld 4496 Wednesday 17 September, 2003
Time - 9am
AWB GrainFlow The Gums
Tara Road, The Gums Qld 4406
Wednesday 17 September, 2003
Time - 2pm
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.
People wishing to attend either of the two openings should RVSP by contacting Michele Parker, (03) 9209 2071.