Manjimup's pink team celebrates

Report and photos Tom EdwardsCountryman

WA Agriculture Minister Terry Redman and Elders chief executive Malcolm Jackman were among the special guests at a celebration held at Elders Manjimup this month in recognition of the branch winning the 2011 Elders Pink Shirt Branch of the Year award.

Elders Manjimup was selected from more than 250 branches in Australia and New Zealand for their excellence in safety, sales and demonstration of the Elders values.

The name of the award is derived from the vivid pink company shirts that can be seen across the rural landscape at field days, field walks and livestock sales.

Elders chief executive Malcolm Jackman said the award was a fantastic result for the Manjimup branch.

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"Elders is a company that prides itself on providing the best possible service to its clients and this award recognises how the Manjimup branch has amply demonstrated that this is a priority to them," Mr Jackman said.

A crowd of about 200 people converged on Elders Manjimup to toast the team's success and enjoy a barbecue on a relaxed and balmy evening.

Mr Redman used his speech to stress the important role Manjimup had to play in food production in WA.

Elders Manjimup manager Shannon Macdonald said he, along with his team, was thrilled to have won the award.

"This award acknowledges not only the great team here in the branch but also our very loyal and dedicated clients who make our jobs so rewarding," Mr Macdonald said.

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