Industrial Narrabri 2017

The Narrabri Industrial Estate, the Commercial Estate and Wee Waa Road precinct, form the dynamic heart of our local economy. This feature delves deeper into our local businesses who call our Industrial area home.

Industrial Narrabri 2017

Narrabri industries serve clients across the region

Narrabri Shire is the centre of a strong and innovative agricultural industry, and in more recent years has become home to growing energy industries.

Progressive Narrabri-based businesses and manufacturers not only sell products and provide their expertise and services throughout the Shire and region, but also export their products across Australia and even overseas.

The Narrabri Industrial Estate, the Commercial Estate and Wee Waa Road precinct, form the dynamic heart of this vital part of our local economy.

The proprietors and staff provide a pool of qualified and skilled tradespeople and professionals whose services are sought across the region. Narrabri Shire is the envied epicentre of progressive agriculture and industry.

Few regions are as well placed for capacity, and the innovation of its farmers, to meet the demands of modern agriculture.

Looking to the future, the development of an intermodal hub at Narrabri for the proposed Melbourne to Brisbane rail line will further consolidate Narrabri and the shire as an industrial and agricultural commodities hub.

The Narrabri Gas project is in its exploratory and assessment phase, but Santos is anticipating the Pilliga gas will power up to half the homes and businesses of NSW.

Coal mining is a fact of life in the shire nowadays and will continue to be an energy source for the foreseeable future.

Energy demand is expected to grow by nearly 40 per cent during the next 25 years.

Agriculture and energy industries can live in harmony, indeed they must, and this shire can be the model of coexistence.

The needs of agriculture and energy, industry and residential dwellers, are well provided for by Narrabri Shire’s industrial and commercial precincts with expertise, experience, products and services on our doorstep.

Industries of all kinds can move ahead with confidence in Narrabri Shire, a country area unmatched for opportunity.

Expertise, experience and innovation

Duncan Smash Repairs is a progressive Narrabri based business offering expertise, experience and innovation to customers and the community.

Duncan’s customers come from the Narrabri Shire but also from the furthest reaches of the region.

“We despatch tow trucks to bring badly damaged vehicles into our workshop from Walgett, Rowena, Coonamble - the western area,” said proprietor Marshall Duncan.

Duncan Smash Repairs customers’ vehicle repairs are handled with expertise - the trade qualified technicians have the skills to repair all elements of damage to vehicles of all kinds, big and small.

The staff is experienced, with collectively many years in the trade of automotive repairs.

Danny Arnold, Daniel Fox, Jacob Cherry (obscured), Debbie Johnston, Mathew Hatch, Roslyn
Woolford, Joshua Neilson, Robert Richardson and Scott Rush.

And Duncan Smash Repairs is innovative.

Duncan’s is traditionally an early adopter of new technologies and equipment from overseas and Australia, and an innovator in work practices and systems in the high tech workshop.

Duncan’s is also an innovator in environmental responsible business practices.

Mr Duncan’s philosophy of many years is for the business to have the smallest possible environmental impact through a comprehensive recycling of materials policy, the use of solar power and the use of environmentally friendly products.

“I want to leave the environment greener for our grandchildren,” he said.

Today’s motor vehicles require high tech repair work undertaken by fully trained and professional technicians.

At Duncan’s Smash Repairs, the latest technology is married to old fashioned service.

Duncan Smash Repairs is a long established Narrabri business which has moved with the times in adopting new developments in motor vehicle repair and maintenance.

Computer enabled diagnostic scanning is an everyday part of the service at Duncan’s.

The business specialises in all mechanical, repair, maintenance and auto electrical work, wheel alignment with the full range of capabilities needed in a modern workshop.

And everything is underpinned by computer technology.


Quality products, service

Narrabri Bearings and Ag Spares’ company philosophy is “supporting local businesses with quality products.” The business is long established at its Wee Waa Road premises and has a large regular clientele from across the shire. “We are local and aim to support our local business and community,” said co-proprietor Gail Richardson.

Skippy Richardson, Gail Richardson, Rod Richardson and Jye Martin

The company backs its product range with experience - collectively more than 50 years - across the spectrum of its business. Its quality product range embraces bearings, seals, chains, V-belts and pulleys, Conoco and Prolube oils, Fleetguard and Sakura filters, Bare-Co products, bolts and nuts, tillage points, discs, Apollo batteries, hydraulic motors and pumps and the E-Z-GO range of golf cars, domestic and industrial vehicles through to sowing equipment, including seeder hoses, cups, tubes and points, they are distributors of Hydraulink Australia industrial hose and fittings.


New, state of the art excavator

The remnants of packing cardboard still adorn the bucket of Campbell Hire’s latest acquisition but the new excavator is ready for action and awaiting its first customer.

“We have just added this Takeuchi excavator to our plant inventory,” said proprietor Ross Campbell.

The new five-tonne Japanese machine is just off the boat and delivered to Narrabri.

“The Takeuchi excavator, with 300 to 1200 buckets and a grader blade is ideal for medium to big jobs,” said Mr Campbell. “We now have excavators ranging from 1.5, 2.7, 5 and 7.8 tonnes in the Campbell’s Hire fleet.”

The operator sits in air conditioned comfort aboard the new rubber tracked excavator which has many features for ease of use.

“If the operator stops using it,it idles down and when he starts again it idles up,” said Mr Campbell.

Feel the earth move with the mighty trench roller

When the supervisor of a major district building project phoned Ross Campbell a few weeks ago and asked if he had a trench roller, Mr Campbell was able to say “Yes, we have one.”

The recently-acquired trench compactor was soon loaded on a ute and on its way to the job.

Not everyone would have one of these remote controlled, effective little rollers, but Campbell’s Hire does.

“It is only 800cm wide, lowered into a trench and controlled remotely by an operator out of any potential harm’s way,” said Mr Campbell.

The mighty little machine vibrates and compacts the base of a trench ahead of the next step, laying foundations or pipes or other structures. The surrounding ground pulses with the impact as the trench base is well and truly compacted.

The trench compactor is just part of the big inventory of plant at Campbell’s Hire.

Custom designed sheds just part of Weel service

Weel Australia is a long established family business in the Narrabri Industrial Estate serving customers across the shire and the north west region.

Wayne and Maree Wheeler and their son Shane operate Weel Australia which provides the products and service for district farms, homeowners and industry from their Francis Street premises.

Among the most sought after products are the popular Fair Dinkum sheds for which Weel are the local franchisees.

Weel will design your Fair Dinkum shed to your specifications, from the smallest backyard shed up to big multi bay structures for farm and business and everything in between. Fair Dinkum sheds are made with Australian components.

The range of options is extensive and the design of the client’s shed is created to fit their needs.

Customers can sketch out their ideas or sit with Wayne Wheeler and see their plan become a reality with Computer Aided Design.

“We offer a complete customisation, engineering and design service,” said Mr Wheeler.

This includes site-specific drawings and a full set of structural calculations on all our sheds so you can be assured your shed has been designed for your site.

Customers can view a 3D rendering of the design and changes to the plan as you add or remove features.

Fair Dinkum sheds has been awarded ShedSafe accreditation from the Australian Steel Institute so you can be assured your building has been engineered to comply with the Building Code of Australia.

There is a large choice of colours, styles and designs from quality Colorbond and Zincalume steel.

There are templates and designs of their most popular sheds which may suit exactly what you are looking for, or modify their existing designs to suit your requirements.

You can design an extension to your existing shed, whether it is a standard shed, garage, barn, stable, farm shed or anything else.

Fair Dinkum Sheds can create an enormous range of buildings from garages, carports and sheds through to stables, aeroplane hangars, industrial units, school COLAs and commercial buildings.

After the plan is done to the customer’s specifications, the CAD structure or building design is despatched to the manufacturer and a tailor-made built shed is returned ready for erection on site.

That site can be anywhere in Narrabri district and right across the region. And customers can add on to their structure at a later time if they choose.

Sheds or structures can be erected as DIY or with the service provided by Weel.

Delta Ag pre-Winter crop update

Grower interest in chickpeas was high on the agenda at the Delta Ag pre-Winter crop meeting at Burren Junction recently.

Growers at Delta Ag’s Burren Junction
pre-Winter crop meeting

Guest speaker for the event was Tamworth DPI representative and chickpea expert Kevin Moore.

“An audience of about 50 was interested in hearing about the new variety of chickpeas, Seamer, available from Delta Ag,” said Delta Ag Narrabri agronomist, James Geary.

“It looks quite good for chickpeas this season.”

Mr Moore is acknowledged as the chickpea guru and spoke on issues around growing the crop, including management of Ascochyta blight. “There was a lot of interest in the showcasing of products from Adama and Mr Moore’s presentation” said Mr Geary.

Narrabri hub for recycling, waste removal specialists

Narrabri-based waste and recycling business Namoi WasteCorp operates across the North West region from its Wee Waa Road complex.

Namoi WasteCorp prides itself on being a local, family owned and operated company, established in the heart of the Narrabri community for more than 16 years.

Namoi WasteCorp is a major local employer with clients across the agricultural industries and extractive industries and throughout the shire area.

Namoi WasteCorp’s recycling operations sees it receive metals, rubber and plastics and despatch them for recycling into re-manufactured products.

While the business is engaged in the mining industry’s recycling and waste disposal sector, the company is also committed to the protection of the environment, a key component of Namoi WasteCorp’s ethos in maintaining its commitment to being a sustainable business.

Namoi WasteCorp proprietor Ron Campbell.

Its responsibilities in this area include, investigating and minimising waste production, identifying waste types and quantities, maximising reuse and recycling opportunities and ensuring the appropriate disposal of waste.

Namoi WasteCorp also encourages the use of recycling throughout the Narrabri Shire, helping to create a cleaner future for the local community and its residents.

One of the primary roles of the business is to provide a waste removal service from commercial premises.

Namoi WasteCorp has steadily built a large fleet of specialised vehicles including four vacuum trucks.

The company carries out all types of waste collection, with its
comprehensive range of purpose designed vehicles.

These include the flat-top truck used to deliver skip and industrial bins to site.

It also can be used to pick up other waste such as used pallets, car
bodies, scrap metal and other large items.

The front-top truck is a good service alternative for regular collection of general waste and large quantities of recyclables such as glass, plastics and cardboard.

Cardboard cage vehicles are also in the Namoi WasteCorp inventory and can be used to pick-up paper and cardboard waste for recycling.

Swipe your card for a car wash

Aquarius Car Wash cards are ideal for businesses and non business customers.Above, Michelle Bradford with Aquarius Car Wash swipe cards - an easy way to utilise the car wash and for businesses to keep a record of their costs. You can use your Aquarius Car Wash card for one vehicle or a fleet.

Michelle Bradford showing off the Aquarius Car Wash cards

At home in hardware

Jan Martin is a woman who has succeeded in what was a man’s world.

For the past 35 years Mrs Martin has been in the hardware and building supplies business.

“It was really a man’s world when I started,” she recalled.

Mrs Martin began her retail career behind the giftware counter in Logan’s Maitland Street store.

“Then I moved across to the main hardware which housed the building supplies and joinery,” she said.

“I was certainly a woman in a man’s world - I was the only female on the staff in that department.

“When I went on buying trips I would be the only woman there.

“It was a bit hard at first. Men weren’t very accepting of us in those days, some making sly remarks.

“I remember once I was on a buying trip and one of the men said ‘You should be home, barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen,’” said Mrs Martin.

Mitre 10’s Jan Martin has 35
years experience in the hardware business

She put him in his place.

“I told him ‘it would take a better man than you to put me there,” she said.

“That was the era and that’s where they thought I should be.

“I started with Logan and Co in the giftware section where Retravision is now, for about 18 months, and even worked at the Logan Timber mill with Ross Logan, before continuing on to hardware,” said Mrs Martin.

“Allan Kneale was my boss and Bob Logan was in charge overall. Norm Jones, Fred Watt were in the joinery and glazing section.

“I worked with Peter Manton, John Rawlins and Keith Stoltenberg. There were no other women in the hardware section in those days.

“It was a new field for me after giftware. The early challenges were learning the terminology, the products, tiles, timber, all aspects of the trade, fittings for plumbing.

“We sold building supplies -guttering, plumbing was more galvanised than poly fittings then.

“I also worked at the timber mill for eight years.

“We were so busy, and it was such an interesting job, doing all the overseas sales, exporting cypress to Japan.

“We sent container loads of tongue and groove cypress flooring and beams and posts called dodai to Japan.

“The Japanese houses weren’t such solid buildings as they are in Australia because of the earthquakes, so they built with the dodai and the tongue and groove flooring, a special profile for the Japanese customers, on top of the dodai.

“It was fantastic, an interesting job, and Ross Logan talked about taking me to Japan, but then the Pilliga forest was closed to the timber industry.”

After the mill closed down, Mrs Martin moved back to Logan’s Hardware Mitre 10 in Doyle Street.

The business changed hands two years ago and Mrs Martin continued in hardware, moving onto the big, new Mitre 10 in Caroline Way.

Nowadays, she is the hardware and building supplies specialist at Mitre 10 and can draw on her 35 years’ experience in the industry to meet customers’ needs.

“My role is in the trade building supplies section, specialising in plumbing, bathroom fittings,” she said.

“It is a much bigger product range nowadays at Mitre 10.

“We get customers from Wee Waa, Burren Junction, Pilliga, Bellata, the whole district.”

Hardware is no longer a man’s domain and Mrs Martin is at very much home in hardware.

“I love my job at Mitre 10,” she said. “I could never see myself staying at home.

“I love my customers.

“And one of the best parts is dealing with many I have known for the past 35 years.”