Disaster response magnificent

The Riverland grape growing community were shocked last Friday morning to hear the news of a fire that destroyed a ‘state of the art’ grape harvester.

Proud Harvesting, on behalf of Linton and Glenys Proud and Sherwood Estates would like to sincerely thank the many people who offered assistance and encouragement following the destruction of their grape harvester last Friday morning.

Brett Proud said, “The immediate support provided by the local Police and MFS was exceptional. The efficient assessment by MGA insurance was also testimony to the benefits of dealing with local businesses.”

The Proud families have expressed appreciation for the support from the Riverland community that also included the offer of grape harvesters to meet their immediate harvesting schedules.

Local contractors; Kym Butson, Dan Dalzell and Peter Harman, Dudley Jachmann, David King and Joel Koch all increased their significant workloads to enable all harvesting bookings to be met.

He added, “Accolade Wines, The Wine Group and Treasury Wine Estates along with Wishart Contractors have been magnificent in dealing with the forced cancellations of bookings and the subsequent re-scheduling of fruit.”

Leda Ag from Mildura worked quickly to hire and commission a new Leda harvester for the Prouds to use for the rest of this vintage.

“To all of the people who have offered or helped in any way during the past week, please accept this as our sincere thank you for your kindness and generosity,” Brett concluded.

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