Starting as small locally owned business in 1991 employing two people, Great Northern Rural Services provided Combined Rural Traders (CRT) with a way to distribute products into Geraldton and the Midwest of Western Australia.
CRT itself was formed in 1970 at the Canobolas Hotel in Orange, New South Wales, by a small group of locals determined to get a better deal for the region’s independent rural retailers and their farming customers.
With an original member base of six, CRT has evolved into Australia’s largest group of independent rural retailers with over 300 stores throughout the nation.
The agricultural industry has changed considerably since the opening of Great Northern Rural Services and the business has been able to adapt to changing marketplaces by aligning itself with quality suppliers and manufacturers, and employing experts across agronomy, horticulture, animal husbandry, water and irrigation, fencing and general merchandise.
Now employing 18 staff, the team at Great Northern Rural Services includes nine employees who have reached ten years service; a testament to the business and the staff’s commitment to their clients and the industry. The business and staff have lived and worked through the good times and the bad, which allows them to understand their clients needs year in and year out.
Being heavily invested in their client’s success, Great Northern Rural Services is passionate about local communities and is committed to supporting sports clubs, rural events, show days, charities and emergency services.
Great Northern Rural Services is also a corporate partner or Lifeline and assists in supporting the great work Lifeline does in crisis support, assisting those suffering with mental health issues and preventing suicide. With the support of Ruralco, its many partners and members, Great Northern Rural Services are helping Lifeline extend its reach throughout rural and remote areas of Australia and make a positive difference to the lives of many.