When Condamine Seeds owners Nev Beeton and Bill Power went for a relaxing fishing trip in 1993, little did they know what impact it would have later on in their lives.
Having previously operated the Condamine Tyre Service business together for 29 years, it was a fishing trip with two CRT members that led to their decision to diversify their business after difficult times hit the rural area.
“We asked the two CRT members that were with us, how things were going for them and they gave the business the thumbs up. We realised we had to do something to survive, so we thought we would give CRT a go. We applied to become a CRT Member, and in February 1993, the business was up and running,’’ Nev said.
Today, Bill Power is no longer in the business, having sold his half to Neville’s son & daughter-in-law James and Heidi Beeton in 2007. James had been working in the business for the majority of his adult life and was keen to take the business while still having the advice of his father when needed. Despite a few tough years with drought and the store being flooded, James said ‘the wonderful team here can always make you smile, no matter what the circumstance’.
It was part of the reason why James and Heidi thought it was important to celebrate Neville’s 50th year in business, with the last 21 years as a CRT member. Condamine Seeds & Tyre Service has changed a lot over those 21 years, with both James and Nev agreeing that customer service and support throughout the tough times has helped them through.
“We will continue to keep the values and standards set by Neville and Bill. I believe Dad’s and Bill’s decision to join CRT back then was one of their g