WDC CEO visit to the Central Midlands

July 03, 2019 at 11:45 AM


Gavin Robins, WDC CEO visited the Central Midlands in May to meet with stakeholders including Local Governments and regional businesses to discuss the diversity of investment in the area. 

The Shire of Wongan-Ballidu provided a tour including the rural residential estate, Gratton Heights, the Airstrip, Caravan Park and the industrial zone. Businesses in the industrial zone include: Coad Communications, Wongan Concrete, Auhls Transport, DeSatco, Overland Freight, Wellard Feeds, Boekeman Machinery, AFGRI and McIntosh and Sons to name a few. 

Gavin met with Astrotourism WA, an emerging business that provides a stargazing experience for locals and tourists. Wongan Hills and Moora are registered Astrotourism towns that have low levels of light and good locations for the growing stargazing and astrophotography sector. 

The Shire of Moora provided a tour of the nearly completed Moora Hydrotherapy Pool, including the new dental clinic and the Wheatbelt Regional Grant Scheme funded Moora Men’s Shed, which will be a multi-use community facility.  

Gavin met with BGC to discuss their construction work including bridges,  mobile base stations and cartage services. With approximately 20 local employees, BGC provides seasonal cartage of lime and grain and cartage of around 160,000 tonnes of quartz from the Simcoa mine in Moora to Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area near Bunbury. Supported by the Shire of Moora, BGC has provided on-site transportable accommodation for new staff members to encourage families to work and live in Moora. 

Other site visits included: the Western Wildflower Farm, 4000 acres of wildflowers for domestic and international markets; Moora Citrus orchard and the joint venture Northern Valleys Packers shed in Bindoon. 

In Dalwallinu, Gavin met with the Liebe Group to learn about their research and development and visited Coerco agriculture, designer and manufacturer of tanks and agricultural equipment for liquid cartage and chemical storage. Coerco employs around 80 people and sources 99% of its components locally. 

Gavin visited Shermac Engineering, providers of custom made water cartage equipment and built-for-purpose industrial vehicles for the mining, civil and construction sectors. Owned by the Ray family who were originally farmers, Shermac Engineering supports six Ray families and employs around 32 people. 

Gavin visited New Norcia, Australia’s only privately owned Monastic town, run by the Benedictine Community. The town has a strong focus on tourism and this provides employment for around 50 people. Gavin met with Abbot John Herbert, CEO of the Benedictine Community for an update on the New Norcia Museum recent renovation and the New Norcia Aboriginal Exhibition.  

In Yerecoin, Gavin toured the Hay Australia facility, which modifies and compacts oaten hay into 22-24kg half-cut bales or 44-48kg full bales to suit the needs of the international market. 

“The Central Midlands is a sub-region with diverse business and investment opportunities. It was encouraging and exciting to see innovative businesses thriving and looking for further opportunities while working collaboratively to support other local businesses and local government. It is this energy and drive to achieve that makes the region a rewarding place for families and the growth of new jobs.“, Gavin said.

Gavin Robins at New Norcia Museum May 2019 300x300.jpg                                                            Gavin Robins at Hay Australia facility industry May 2019 300x300.jpg

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