Southern Cotton Gin, Whitton
The Southern Cotton story began in 2011 with six grower friends, a Mother’s Day lunch and a crazy idea. Tired of carting their cotton 400 kilometres to get ginned, the group brainstormed a solution – they would build their own gin.
Four seasons later, the Whitton-based cotton gin has become one of the Riverina region’s most well-documented success stories – attracting national media coverage and winning a swag of awards, including the 2015 Telstra Australian Business of the Year, Regional Award.
But it’s not about the headlines and trophies for the hard-working Southern Cotton team, headed up by general manager, Kate O’Callaghan. Educating others – growers, locals and visitors – about the sustainability of cotton and irrigated agriculture is their way of giving back to the community.
Due to popular demand, Southern Cotton has formalised its daily gin tours (April-October). The informative and engaging tours resonate with both city and country folks because they provide a hands-on experience through the journey of cotton production and the ginning process. The specially-built observation walkways allow tour participants to witness all stages first-hand in a safe environment. You could also see the two enormous yellow moon buggies in action!
Check out the Autumn 2016 edition of the Inside the Riverina magazine here.