Nearly 200 growers attended our Member Forum and Annual General Meeting last Friday in what was a great opportunity to inform members about the performance of their co-operative and the year ahead.
There was plenty of discussion throughout the day about competition WA growers are facing from the Black Sea region. With a ‘seed to market’ supply chain price differential of up to $50 for wheat delivered into Indonesia, our competitors are placing a lot of pressure on Western Australian wheat.
While there is no need to panic, it is great to see growers and the grain industry understanding international competition in more depth and how this may impact WA growers.
Our Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Wilson, spoke of CBH’s plans to reduce paddock to port costs for WA growers, effectively shifting us down the cost curve, however 70 per cent of this ‘seed to market’ cost sits on the production side.
A Member Forum presentation on the current status of the Network Strategy provided growers with an insight into CBH’s plans to ramp up delivery in the coming years. Members were also informed of a new plan, build and operate structure that will support the effective deployment of capital in our network, ensuring supply chain efficiencies and required service levels are realised.
An historic moment was marked at the end of the Annual General Meeting, with Natalie Browning from Kondinin officially commencing her duties as the first female Grower Director elected to the CBH Board, with many well wishes.
The formalities were followed by an Asian-inspired cocktail party with our growers joined by Government, industry and community stakeholders. Over 300 guests enjoyed noodles from WA wheat, Shochu and beer from WA barley and had a great chance to catch up and chat socially. WA Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, Alannah MacTiernan made an official address to the audience.
We look forward to hosting the event again next year and having even more of our grower members join us.