In 1918 the very first upright bulk wheat silo was built in Peak Hill, and today the 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,” said Councillor Louise O’Leary. “Agricultural production is one of the largest contributors to our local economy, with cereal crops accounting for 51.3% of the Parkes Shire’s total agricultural output in value terms.
“Furthermore, 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 as the region had very dry conditions in 1918 and 1919. The silo filled for the first time in 1920 with a bumper year.
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 today (Friday) at 10am at the GrainCorp Silos.