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Auction boost for Gnowangerup giant tractor project

Zach RelphCountryman
Retired farmer and tractor enthusiast Dick Garnett and Gnowangerup farmer Tim Beeck with a Chamberlain 40K tractor.
Camera IconRetired farmer and tractor enthusiast Dick Garnett and Gnowangerup farmer Tim Beeck with a Chamberlain 40K tractor. Credit: Cally Dupe

A Great Southern agricultural and industrial machinery auction has generated funds for a giant tractor development, with more than $30,000 funnelling back to the co-operative spearheading the project.

Perth-based Smith Broughton Auctioneers has elected to donate the buyers’ premium total of $32,085 from August’s auction at Gnowangerup to the town’s co-operative GNP 360.

The cheque was presented at the Shire of Gnowangerup offices last Thursday, with the funds set to advance the giant Chamberlain tractor project.

Through the project, a 10m-high replica of the historic Chamberlain 40K tractor will be built and established in the middle of Gnowangerup.

It is intended that the towering piece of engineering — the biggest replica tractor in the world, five times the size of the machine itself — will be completed within two years.

Gnowangerup farmer Tim Beeck, who is part of a sub-committee leading the project, said the latest funding injection for the Chamberlain project was very welcome.

“We are overwhelmed with the donation — we definitely didn’t expect Smith Broughton to donate the entire buyers’ premium,” he said.

“It is really pleasing that they’ve invested such a big chunk of money back into a rural project like this one.”

Smith Broughton Auctioneers held the clearing sale, which featured 160 lots, at Auspan Group’s vacant yard in Gnowangerup from August 7-14.

There were two inspection days during which the yard was opened for customers.

The sale was mostly unreserved and featured harvesters, tractors, cement agitator trucks, light vehicles, buses, forklifts, generators, welders, trailers and transportable buildings.

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