Elders Jandowae, for Australian agriculture
Elders is finding its place at the heart of the Jandowae community, thanks to the efforts of a new team passionate about supporting their own.
The rich agricultural community on Queensland’s Western Downs is in prime cropping and cattle country, with the branch supporting both local farmers and town residents with agronomy advice and merchandise.
But it doesn’t stop there. Elders Jandowae also supports the gardening club, pony club, kindergarten, the agricultural show and the Warra and Jandowae race days.
“Most people are born and bred here and it’s a close-knit community where everybody knows everybody,” explained Krystal Bowden, sales support officer.
“So being a new team, we knew we needed to make community involvement an active priority.”
The Jandowae branch team is led by Josh Ballinger, branch manager, with Tony Ralph, farm supplies sales representative, Courtney Bills, agronomist and Krystal Bowden, sales support officer.
“When the local pony club asked for help, Courtney and Tony jumped at the chance. They turned up on the weekend to help out with scoring and ensure the annual rally was a success,” explained Krystal.
“We’re pitching in with the local kindergarten in any way we can, whether that’s donating potting mix and mulch for their new garden beds or sponsoring fundraisers.
“The local kindergarten needs to raise over $25,000 from fundraising alone each year. Closing will mean families in our community will have to drive an extra 35 minutes to Dalby.”
At the agricultural show, Elders donated prizes for a number of cattle and horse events.
“We’re also looking forward to the Warra races, which is sponsored by Elders and a great chance for us to treat some of our clients to a day out,” she said.
Tony, Courtney and Josh all live locally on farms and are volunteer committee members of many sporting and hobby clubs in the community, donating much of their time outside of work. While Tony has been with the branch for 12 months, Josh joined the team in April and Courtney started in May.
“My mum and grandma were born in Jandowae, so I already knew a lot of the clients when I started working at the Jandowae branch at the start of the year,” Krystal said.
“It’s a very friendly atmosphere here. Our customers always bring their kids in with them because they know we’ve got Fantales on the counter and we make a point of just being available for a chat and asking how we can help.
“Sometimes that’s asking what else we could stock, to save people a trip to Dalby, and sometimes that’s offering to help yard cattle on sale days or sell raffle tickets for the footy club on Friday nights. It’s not only donating money.
“We know we are contributing to our community with genuine sincerity and people appreciate that. It’s incredibly rewarding.”
Learn more about how Elders supports local communities through their Community Partnerships program.