It was the site of the first public wheat silo in Australia, and this week the Peak Hill community will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the silos.
What was a single 50,000 concrete bushel bin, is now a 35,000 tonne storage complex.
Peak Hill’s central location within the State’s wheat belt made it the ideal site for the silo. Agricultural production is one of the largest contributors to our local economy, with cereal crops accounting for 51.3 per cent of the Parkes Shire’s total agricultural output in value terms. Peak Hill’s positive lifestyle is underpinned by the agricultural sector, so it’s important that we celebrate the success of Peak Hill Silos over the past 100 years.
Built by John Howie and Sons in 1918, it was two years before the silo was filled – the region having experienced very dry conditions in 1918 and 1919. Since that time the complex has grown significantly to include a six-bin Metcalf, a weighbridge, additional storage sheds and bunkers. The complex is now owned and operated by GrainCorp.
The community are invited to attend a commemorative ceremony on Friday 31 August at 10am at the GrainCorp Silos.