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Growers provide $248, 000 to charities from forfeited grain


Emergency food supplies during Cyclone Seroja, mental health programs and services for childhood health were among the key charitable causes which shared in $248,000 of Harvest Mass Management funding this year.

Developed by the CBH Group and Main Roads WA, the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) seeks to reduce the frequency of overloaded grain trucks during harvest.

Under the HMMS, growers can forfeit grain from overloaded trucks which is then sold and the funds provided to Western Australian charities nominated by growers and CBH employees.

During the 2020-21 season, $248,000 was raised from the grain sales which has been donated to 14 charities.

The charities are: Ronald McDonald House; St John WA; Foodbank; The Mental Illness Fellowship of WA; Fiona Wood Foundation; Farmers Across Borders; Telethon Speech and Hearing, Lions Cancer institute, Wheatbelt and Beyond Mentoring, Perth Children’s Hospice Foundation, DV Assist, Wheatbelt Mens Health; Injury Matters and Anglicare.

CBH Chair Simon Stead said the scheme provided grass roots charities and community organisations with valuable funding, with more than $1.8 million distributed since the scheme began in 2012.

“The HMMS continues to be an effective deterrent to the overloading of grain trucks during harvest while giving back to regional communities at the same time,” he said.

“Through HMMS, growers are extending their support for charities that play a supporting role in their communities.”

Details of the 14 charities receiving funding are below:




Mental Illness Fellowship of WA


Funds will be used to provide additional Mental health First Aid training to grain growing communities.

St John Ambulance WA


An additional 19 Automated External Defibrillators will be installed in grain growing regions

Injury Matters


The Mental and Physical Safety (MaPS) on our Roads project will utilise the funds toward providing education support to heavy vehicle operators, families, and communities,

The project seeks to improve awareness and knowledge amongst heavy vehicle operators of the importance of maintaining good health, physically and mentally, to stay safe on our roads through information and education strategies.

Ronald McDonald House


The Work of Heart program – a curriculum aligned session that supports sick children and their siblings living in the Ronald McDonald House with their homework and education



Funds have gone towards supporting regional families impacted by Cyclone Seroja along with schools located within our grain growing regions who participate in the School Breakfast Program and providing families impacted by COVID19 in our regions with food hampers.

DV Assist


Provide services to an addition 4 locations (increasing from 16 locations to 20) in grain growing communities and run an education campaign around domestic violence.

Farmers Across Borders


Towards delivering feed for livestock to farmers in need across Australia

Fiona Wood Foundation


Directed toward the Burns Quick Reference Guide and the recording of the Burns Telehealth Education Series.

Wheatbelt and Beyond Youth Mentoring


The funds will support the 4 programs operating in grain growing schools and enable the volunteer committee to expand their services into additional schools in 2021.

Regional Mens Health Initiative


Funds will support the ‘Working with Warriors’ and “Talk to a Mate’ Program in grain growing communities along with assisting to produce and purchase both online and printed education materials to support additional services.

Lions Cancer Institute


The Lions Cancer institute will use the funds toward their custom vehicle, which visits regional communities to conduct skin checks.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation


The new children’s hospice will benefit from the funds, directly assisting in the build.

Telethon Speech and Hearing


The funds will be used to assist the hearing services of children in Merredin, Moora, Narrogin and Northam.



Funds will assist in building a playground at the Anglicare Albany office to help support families using the service.