Viterra unveils $4 million Gladstone site upgrade

STATE-OF-THE-ART: Jack Tansley, Andrew Kitto and Nigel Clogg with the newly opened $4 million upgrade of Viterra's Gladstone site. The project was unveiled on Friday.
STATE-OF-THE-ART: Jack Tansley, Andrew Kitto and Nigel Clogg with the newly opened $4 million upgrade of Viterra's Gladstone site. The project was unveiled on Friday.

A $4 million state-of-the-art upgrade of Viterra's Gladstone site has been officially unveiled.

The multi-million dollar upgrade consisted of a new classification centre, automatic grain probes, fully automated 40-metre weighbridge and shed resealing.

Growers and the community gathered on Friday to celebrate the occasion, with the new classification centre being named in memory of Michael Butterick. The existing centre has been named in honour of Geoff Millard.

Both were Strategic Silo Committee chairs and local growers.

They served on the committee for a number of years and played a valuable role in working with the business on behalf of growers in the community.

Viterra's operations manager for the central region, Jack Tansley, said the new automated grain probes and classification centre is the first of its kind in the region but follows the success of a similar upgrade at Tumby Bay.

"The new equipment will improve efficiency, safety and service to grower customers," he said.

"The automatic probes run the length of the truck on overhead tracks and will be controlled by an employee with a joystick inside the classification office. Visual inspection of the truck is via video cameras on the probes.

"We've been able to improve safety and efficiency by having the classification office on the ground rather than having stairs - as employees no longer need to probe from a height."

Mr Tansley said Viterra wanted to make sure they were doing what growers need.

"The opportunity to have this new development here, and honour the past committee members, was a great idea," he said.

"It has been a major project which we have managed in a way to use as many local and South Australian contractors as possible."

Chair of the Gladstone Strategic Silo Committee, Nigel Clogg, said it was the biggest upgrade the facility had received in several decades.

"We're lucky to have the committee we have," he said.

The committee's secretary, Andrew Kitto, showed the gathering the plaques to be placed in each of the centres honouring Butterick and Millard.