The Co-operative Bulk Handling Wheat Storage and Transfer Depot is the largest inland port in Western Australia. The sheer enormity of the depot is an impressive sight to see and is well worth capturing on camera. Learn about the significant impact the depot has had on the economic development of Merredin with a visit to the Merredin Visitor Centre.
The depot has been in operation since 1966 with the largest storage bin measuring 610 metres in length and 59 metres in height. This grain storage bin is the largest in the southern hemisphere.
In August 2017 Merredin’s Silos were transformed by internationally renowned Perth artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers, with artwork inspired by the local landscape and community as part of the PUBLIC Silo Trail.
Urban artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers transformed 4 of the 8 concrete silo cells at CBH Merredin. Through his characteristic geometric yet playful style, Kyle depicts the importance of the agricultural industry to Merredin and the Wheatbelt region. The colours are taken directly from the Wheatbelt’s natural environment: the burnt oranges, yellows, and blues are from the landscape and sky.
The artwork took 200 litres of paint, 14 days, 168 hours, two lifts, 80 rollers and 10 brushes to complete.
Merredin is the largest regional town in the Central Eastern Wheatbelt and it is a three hour drive east of Perth. It is home to many charming historic buildings including the town hall and Cummins Theatre. Enjoy a 75 minute walk along the Merredin Peak Heritage Trail for magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.