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SOCIAL PHOTOS: Esperance Organised Primary Producers celebrate 50 years of forward thinking and collaboration

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 Condingup farmer Damien Schlink, Neridup farmer Stewart Wallace, and Condingup farmer Ted Young.
Camera Icon Condingup farmer Damien Schlink, Neridup farmer Stewart Wallace, and Condingup farmer Ted Young. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda

Fifty years of forward thinking, collaboration and buying power were celebrated by Esperance Organised Primary Producers in Esperance on Friday, September 2.

The success was toasted by more than one hundred shareholders; suppliers; staff and current and past board members as they shared stories of the early days of the co-operative and discuss the plans for the future.

The co-operative, initially called Esperance Organised Purchasing Power, still has a core purpose of providing volume discounted farming merchandise across the region while helping suppliers to streamline billing and building the capacity of the region through business investments, professional development and scholarships.

Today, EOPP has 457 shareholders and a strong network of suppliers across the Esperance Port Zone — a far cry from the beginning when Gibson farmer Lyle Shipard proposed the idea of a co-operative to a group farmers in 1971.

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EOPP chair Deon Lay, who farms at Condingup, was delighted with the success of the event in drawing together many of the early influencers and members.

“EOPP has been a driving force in this region for fifty years and much of that is attributed to our people and their vision and commitment,” he said.

EOPP chair and Condingup farmer Deon Lay, and EOPP life member Ted English, formerly of Gibson.
Camera IconEOPP chair and Condingup farmer Deon Lay, and EOPP life member Ted English, formerly of Gibson. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda
Condingup farmers Angela and Matt Hill, Lesley Schlink and Tracey Schlink.
Camera IconCondingup farmers Angela and Matt Hill, Lesley Schlink and Tracey Schlink. Credit: r/Peter Luberda
Cascade farmers Ruth Leske and Anne Welke.
Camera IconCascade farmers Ruth Leske and Anne Welke. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda
Cascade farmers Bonnie and Ray Arnold, Munglinup farmer Dean Wormald, and Munglinup farmer and EOPP board member Gemma Walker.
Camera IconCascade farmers Bonnie and Ray Arnold, Munglinup farmer Dean Wormald, and Munglinup farmer and EOPP board member Gemma Walker. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda
Munglinup farmers Neil McCallum, Pam Hoult, and Graham Stewart.
Camera IconMunglinup farmers Neil McCallum, Pam Hoult, and Graham Stewart. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda
Grass Patch farmers Natalie and Leon Bowman, the EOPP vice chair, and Cascade farmer Scott Pickering.
Camera IconGrass Patch farmers Natalie and Leon Bowman, the EOPP vice chair, and Cascade farmer Scott Pickering. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda
Merivale farmer Beverley Eime, EOPP board member and Condingup farmer Charlotte Della Vedova, and EOPP life member Carole King.
Camera IconMerivale farmer Beverley Eime, EOPP board member and Condingup farmer Charlotte Della Vedova, and EOPP life member Carole King. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda
Merivale farmer Craig Hine, Condingup farmer Ted Young, and EOPP board member and Gibson farmer Glen Willians.
Camera IconMerivale farmer Craig Hine, Condingup farmer Ted Young, and EOPP board member and Gibson farmer Glen Willians. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda
Skipper Transport Parts assistant Tracey Whyte, event guest Taryn Wittorff, of Esperance, and Skipper Transport Parts branch manager Christine Pollard.
Camera IconSkipper Transport Parts assistant Tracey Whyte, event guest Taryn Wittorff, of Esperance, and Skipper Transport Parts branch manager Christine Pollard. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda
EOPP chair and Neridup farmer Deon Lay.
Camera IconEOPP chair and Neridup farmer Deon Lay. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda
 Condingup farmer Damien Schlink, Neridup farmer Stewart Wallace, and Condingup farmer Ted Young.
Camera Icon Condingup farmer Damien Schlink, Neridup farmer Stewart Wallace, and Condingup farmer Ted Young. Credit: Peter Luberda/Peter Luberda

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