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Graingrowers will benefit from an $8 million grain storage and handling facility being constructed by AWB GrainFlow near Talwood, west of Goondiwindi.
The project was confirmed today by AWB General Manager Supply Chain Strategy and Optimisation, Keith McNeil, who said the facility would mean lower storage and handling rates for graingrowers in Queensland and New South Wales.
“The Waggamba Shire Council has approved the development application for the site in Talwood, which will provide growers in the region with a state of the art facility capable of receiving and handling up to 140,000 tonnes per year,” Mr McNeil said
“AWB GrainFlow has struck a unique deal with the Waggamba Council in which it will match dollar for dollar a joint commitment from local growers and AWB GrainFlow to assist with the upgrading of the Talwood/Mungindi Road. Furthermore, the Council will be pursuing the State and Federal Governments for funding for the road.”
The new Grain Centre features a rapid rail loading facility that will allow out-loading rates of 1000 tonnes per hour, which will significantly reduce costs to growers.
“For instance, a full length 38-wagon train will be loaded in just two to three hours as opposed to other facilities which currently can take up to 10 or 12 hours to load a train,” he said.
AWB GrainFlow also aims to have a grower turnaround time of about 30 minutes once the site is fully operational.
It is expected that the facility will be operational by September, in time for this year’s winter harvest, and will generate up to 30 jobs with the capacity to operate up to 24 hours a day during the peak harvest period.
For more information contact Ryan McKinlay on (03) 9209 2324 or 0408 346 282.