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Major challenge of hard, rocky land addressed

Tim Pannell of Rocks Gone chats to Regional Voices about his ground-breaking invention, the Reefinator, explaining how it’s helping farmers in Western Australia and across the nation.

As a farmer in Yuna in Western Australia, Tim was constantly battling rocky soils. After 30 years of farming he then decided to work on a rotary crusher. It was here that Tim had the epiphany for the Reefinator.

The Reefinator essentially crushes the rocky crust on laterite soils to create fertile topsoil that can be sown to crop. Tim estimates that in WA alone, the innovation could potentially open 500,000 ha of land to be cropped.

"If you drag a piece of cheese over a cheese grater, the cheese always peels off in small, slender pieces and that’s how the Reefinator works. It holds the rock down and slides over the top, peeling it off in manageable sized pieces,” Tim explains.

The Reefinator has been such a game changer that, in late 2017, Tim was awarded the WA Innovator of the Year Award in the Growth category for his invention.

If you drag a piece of cheese over a cheese grater, the cheese always peels off in small, slender pieces and that’s how the Reefinator works.
Tim Pannell, creator of the Reefinator

To date, 120 Reefinators have been sold, but Tim is quick to note that the machine only works on particular soils, so he’ll chat to the buyer first to ensure that the machine is suitable for their land and operation.

Listen to Regional Voices here talking to the creator of the Reefinator, Tim Pannell, about his invention and how it’s helping farmers in WA and across the nation.

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