VITERRA has increased its investment in the western Eyre Peninsula region for the benefit of local grain producers and the wider community.
Viterra has completed infrastructure projects at Thevenard, Nunjikompita and Streaky Bay to increase elevation capacity as well as ongoing upgrades of its drive over hopper and stacker equipment across the network.
Western region operations manager James Murray said the work increased efficiencies for growers and boosted many sectors of the community through local procurement.
“We have added more elevation capacity to speed up turnaround times in the peak of harvest and upgraded plant to reduce the amount of dust impacting the community,” he said.
“These projects have flow-on benefits for local businesses in the regions.”
Thevenard has added an extra 15,000 tonnes of storage for the incoming harvest.
New Viterra operations manager Nick Pratt this year’s harvest was looking good so it was great to have this additional storage.
“It’ll assist growers to ensure we’re able to fit the crop size in,” he said.
Strategic Site Committee chairman for Thevenard and local grower Michael Nicholls said Viterra’s ongoing investment in the region was appreciated.
“All the elevator upgrades and everything help it run really quickly now,” he said.
“We’re quite optimistic this season for a bumper crop so extending the bunkers to increase capacity will also be good.”
Mr Nicholls said the Strategic Site Committees worked close with Viterra to give feedback on the requirements of those using the sites.
“We’ve changed the way trucks deliver to the site,” he said.
“All the elevator upgrades and everything help it run really quickly now.”
The Thevenard port has received plenty of attention in recent years as it has become Viterra’s busiest port, shipping nearly two million tonnes of commodities last year including grain, gypsum and mineral sands.
The bulk loading plant was upgraded previously to meet the multi-commodity needs of exporting customers and local growers getting their product into the world market.