CBH fee freeze a boon for farm­ers

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The CBH Group will keep stor­age and han­dling fees flat for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year this sea­son, with grow­ers to be up to $15 a tonne bet­ter off than their Eastern States coun­ter­parts.

CBH gen­eral man­ager op­er­a­tions David Cap­per said the hold on fees was pri­mar­ily driven by the record har­vest last year com­bined with in­creased ef­fi­cien­cies, which have put the co-op­er­a­tive in a strong fi­nan­cial po­si­tion.

“As a re­sult of a con­tin­ued fo­cus on re­duc­ing costs, we’re in a po­si­tion to hold all our stor­age and han­dling fees flat and ab­sorb in­fla­tion in­creases for the 2017-18 har­vest,” Mr Cap­per said.

“Along with a rig­or­ous cap­i­tal man­age­ment pol­icy in place, we’re able to con­tinue fund­ing and de­liv­er­ing the Net­work Strat­egy.

“We re­main fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing the most ef­fi­cient and cost ef­fec­tive sup­ply chain so that we re­main com­pet­i­tive na­tion­ally and around the world.

“Hold­ing our fees is just one of the ways we cre­ate and re­turn value to grow­ers and is a key ben­e­fit of our co-op­er­a­tive struc­ture.”

As part of the Net­work Strat­egy, CBH has been fo­cused on the con­struc­tion and up­grade of 25 key projects that will de­liver 300,000 tonnes of ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity in 2017.

Works un­der way in­clude weigh­bridge re­place­ments at Canna and Mar­chagee, stor­age and site up­grades to Ko­orda, Kon­non­gor­ring, York, Mi­ram­beena and Gaird­ner and an equip­ment up­grade at Cas­cade. CBH has also un­der­taken civil works to im­prove roads and road sur­fac­ing.

In ad­di­tion, CBH suc­cess­fully com­pleted a ma­jor main­te­nance cam­paign on its as­sets at the four key ports — Ger­ald­ton, Kwinana, Al­bany and Esper­ance — with 120,000 hours worked with no in­juries.

“We’re com­mit­ted to the em­ploy­ees,” Mr Cap­per said. safety of our

Lo­cals say the fire cre­ated four tor­na­does which hit the area si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

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