|Bagged wheat in a paddock of Avalon Farm in Winchester, South Carnamah|
The deputation travelled to Perth and interviewed the Midland Railway Company’s general manager Joseph J. Poynton on 16 August 1935. The only real outcome of the deputation was that the Midland Railway Company was unable to provide bulk handling facilities for the 1935 harvest, and it was advised that farmers purchase cornsacks for the harvest.
By mid 1936 no progress had been made and the reluctant Midland Railway Company said they would charge 1/6 per ton above Government freight charges for bulk wheat handling. 200 farmers from Moora through to Mingenew attended a meeting at the Carnamah Hall on 31 July 1936 and after a lengthy discussion proposed a more favourable solution – 1/6 per ton above existing charges but reducible by ½d. per 1,000 tons after 30,000 tons per railway siding. John Bowman of Carnamah, Kenneth E. Jones of Waddy Forest and William J. Pethick of Winchester interviewed Joseph J. Poynton who accepted their proposition.
The Midland Railway Company then authorised the establishment of bulk handling facilities at eight railway sidings between Marchagee and Mingenew. The Company contacted Co-operative Bulk Handling Ltd, who in August 1936 began the construction of facilities. Four gangs of men worked constructing the bins – one laying concrete, another cutting timber, a third erecting the bins and the last completing the floor. By mid October the bins at Marchagee, Coorow and Winchester required only finishing touches.
|Carnamah's First Wheat Bin|
The Carnamah bin had a capacity of 200,000 bushels, was one of the largest in the State, and was erected in the record time of about a fortnight. Due to space constraints two smaller bins were built at Coorow, however jointly they had a slightly larger capacity than Carnamah.
|Trucks entering to deliver wheat - note some farmers are still using bags while others have switched to using tanks|
|Original wheat bin in Carnmaah to the left, with additional added-on capacity to the right|