Growers have lashed out at boardroom bickering at CBH, saying the $4 billion business is being tainted by power plays. They want chairman Simon Stead to resolve the problems quickly and get back to “core business”. Coorow farmer Rod Birch said it was a “pity” CBH’s “good profile” had been tainted in recent months. “I think it is a pity a company that has had such a good profile until recently, has had recent events that probably should have been dealt with in the boardroom displayed so publicly,” he said. “That is not to say issues should be swept under the carpet, but I think some of these governance issues should have been resolved inside the boardroom. “CBH grower members, its shareholders, like to have confidence in the company conducting its business in a professional manner ... CBH customers from overseas would obviously lose some confidence in the company having its affairs dealt with so publicly.” Hyden farmer Colin Nicholl said he had a great deal of respect for former chairman Wally Newman, but he believed it was time for the board to focus on “the real issues”, as “CBH shareholders expect”. “That is the expansion of its ability to store our grain, the service we get at the bins, the speed of delivering grain to markets, and the price paid for it,” he said. “The really important thing is that the CBH board gets on with its real business as soon as possible.” Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA grains president Gary McGill said “recent events” were reminiscent of politics with a board voted on by members. “You do not see the BHPs of the world doing this, because the share price would come under pressure,” he said.