Tim Pannell’s rock crusher creating new wealth by turning rocky ground into fertile soil
Adelaide Advertiser, September 30, 2015 11:44pm
Tim Pannell with his Rocksgone rock crushing machine. Picture: TAIT SCHMAAL
TIM Pannell has found a way to turn rocky ground into paydirt.
Mr Pannell’s rock-crushing machine, which yesterday won The Advertiser Trophy for best Australian-made machine at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days, can transform rocky, uncroppable land into productive grain-growing country.
Farmers have quickly recognised the potential by snapping up 46 machines for about $125,000 each — including at least one so far at the field days — in the 12 months since it came on to the market.
The soaring sales have helped Mr Pannell’s company Rocks Gone, based in Clackline in Western Australia, to a business with $5 million-a-year turnover.
“We’re honoured to win this award, particularly because the rock crusher has given farmers an economic solution and one that really works,” Mr Pannell said.
“They pulverise the rocks and turn them back into soil, which helps the machines pay for themselves very quickly because they turn land with no use into very good land.”
Mr Pannell said the rock crusher can crush up to 30 to 40 hectares a day, but averages 10ha to 15ha, depending on the type of country.
The award was one of the highlights on day two of the field days, when the Governor Hieu Van Le, AO, was the special guest and gave the official welcoming speech.
Mr Van Le said the field days was a wonderful event due to its large volunteer effort.
“This is the South Australian country at its best and shows that we have much to be proud of in the regions,” Mr Le said.
Field days administrator Elaine Bussenschutt said South Australians were meeting the field days challenge for people to support the farming community by attending the state’s biggest country event.
Mrs Bussenschutt said the good weather this week was also helping to draw a large crowd of people from throughout the state and interstate.
“By and large the exhibitors are pretty happy and doing good business with reports of some exhibitors achieving fantastic sales,” she said.
The three-day event, celebrating the 120th anniversary of the first event in 1895 — the oldest of its type in Australia — ends today.
Article by Nigel Austin, Photography by Tait Schmaal. Published in the Adelaide Advertiser September 30, 2015. Retrieved on-line 7/11/2016