Chaser bin auction for charity cause

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Grain King's Vince Trewarn with the newly-painted Nyrex chaser bin.
Camera IconGrain King's Vince Trewarn with the newly-painted Nyrex chaser bin. Credit: Jo Fulwood

At 40,000 litres capacity and a few metres tall, a giant chaser bin may seem an unusual charity auction item.

But creators of a specially-painted Nyrex chaser bin hope it will fetch a hefty price to donate to Royal Flying Doctor Service in celebration of its 90th birthday.

Cunderdin-based business GrainKing opened an online auction for the bin last Monday and is expected to announce the highest bidder at Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days today.

The bin has just one major difference to the usual light-weight Nyrex chaser bins GrainKing produces - it has been painted with the RFDS colours to mark the occasion.

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GrainKing chief executive Colin Jorgensen said the bin was worth $97,000 and would hopefully raise between $60,000 and $70,000 for the RFDS.

“We believe this one of a kind Nyrex chaser bin will be an efficient addition to any grain farm,” he said.

“It helps to reduce grain discharge times, minimising energy use and reducing soil compaction on farms,” he said.

“Not only will the farmer be getting a great piece of machinery, they can also be proud of supporting a great Australian institution in the form of the RFDS.”

The auction will be conducted by Smith and Broughton Auctioneers, who have advertised the auction through their online data base.

Potential bidders were still able to put their hand up at Dowerin on Wednesday, with an on-site auction set to complete the online one.

The chaser bin uses a Strenx product which is 25 per cent lighter than a steel plate, which Mr Jorgensen said gave it a longer life than conventional bins.

Its assembly process uses laser technology in a bolted construction that avoids steel bowing from welding, creating savings in time and energy.

It was recognised for its innovation as a top four finalist of the international Swedish Steel Awards in May.

RFDS chief executive officer Rebecca Tomkinson said the organisation was delighted to have the support of GrainKing.

“Like GrainKing, we spend much of our time in remote rural properties,” she said.

“We provide support for farming communities and we urge farmers to get behind this initiative which can benefit both them and ourselves.”

The GrainKing charity auction will kick off at 3pm on the Wednesday of Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days.

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