LAKE BOLAC - The region's farmers and people with interests and investments on the land have good reason to celebrate following the grand opening of the refurbished Westlake Total Ag business in Lake Bolac.
So significant for the region was the reopening of the premises that Member for Western Victoria David O'Brien and Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner attended.
In excess of $100,000 was spent to completely transform the business which is now double in size.
Profit Share proprietor Scott Cameron said the extension of the existing business came about after a decision to form a profit share - a partnership between Landmark Australia and Westlake Total Ag.
"We've been in business for 23 years and have always been actively looking for growth opportunities, this presented itself and we couldn't see why not," he said.
"We've extended our range which is primarily fertiliser sales and agronomy, bulk transport and bulk spread.
"In addition to that we now have a full range of general merchandise, crop chemicals, seed, general farm merchandise, and we are also able to offer seasonal finance within store and also farm input insurance."
Mr Cameron said the development has already been well received by those in the farming community, as the partnership is proof of another business in town going ahead.
"Nothing changes from our day to day dealings with customers and clients, we are just offering more services from the existing premises," he said.
Westlake Total Ag is one of the biggest employers in Lake Bolac.
Currently it employs at least 10 people and as a result of the expansion has successfully acquired the skills of agronomist Ed Hilsdon, from Southern Farming Systems.
Mr Hilsdon who is now employed on a full time basis hails from England and has huge experience in high rainfall zone cropping.
Mr Cameron said plans are already afoot to build another 2000 tonne fertiliser dispatch facility on site at Westlake Total Ag in Lake Bolac, in the meantime he is encouraging people from across the region to get along and check out the expanded business.