Schools in the Mallee have reaped the reward of every tonne of Oxford and Granger variety barley declared at the Esperance Port.
As part of the 2016 campaign ‘Elders Community Grain’ schools received a share of $3,500 as a result of the 34,792 tonnes that were declared in the 2015/2016 harvest.
The campaign saw the Esperance branch pledge to donate 10 cents from the End Point Royalty paid to Elders, for each tonne of Oxford and GrangeR variety barley that was declared.
Mallee primary schools have the opportunity to decide what to allocate the funds to.
On Monday, November 21 Elders representatives including Elders Esperance merchandise manager and agronomist Michael Hickey, district banking manager Kylie Douglas and Williams branch manager Toby Lavendar travelled to Scaddan Primary School to present the school $500 from the community grants from the 2015/16 season.
Scaddan Primary School’s scars from the devastating bushfires that tore through the region in November 2015 are still present.
Despite the schools hardship over the last 12 months, teachers and students have had a series of exciting projects to look forward to during the schools rehabilitation.
One in particular was a new school mural that the students were proud to showcase during the Elders representatives visit.
The initiative was born from the desire of Elders to remain partnered with the local community, and to ‘give back’ to the people who have continued to support us over the years.
The grants were evenly split between the seven remaining schools following the closure of Grass Patch Primary School.
Elders have launched their 2017 campaign and Ms Douglas said she hoped farmers would have greater awareness of the initiative.
Ms Douglas said she hoped even more funds can be raised in the coming season.
Williams branch manager Toby Lavendar said nothing was more important to farming families than their kids, so what better place to invest than in local schools.
The campaign is exclusively for Elders Esperance. To make a valid entry into the Campaign, an entrant must: Be invited to participate in the campaign by Elders Esperance, be a resident of Australia, during the promotion period have delivered grain to a CBH site and declared through the carters delivery form (CDF) paperwork that the variety is either Oxford or Granger barley, be 18 years or over and accept and comply with these conditions.