Historic Upper Burnett Grazing Property
- Land: 4,706 ha (11,629 acres)
Historic Upper Burnett Grazing Property
Settled 1848, first time offered since 1953
Location: 96 kilometres south east of Biloela, 66 kilometres south west of Monto and 75 kilometres northwest of Eidsvold.
Services: Telephone, internet, mobile phone coverage and twice weekly mail services. Primary schools at Monto and Abercorn, secondary school at Monto. Two airstrips of 3,500 and 2,400.
Real Property Description: Total area 4,706 hectares - 11,629 acres comprising 11,226 freehold and 403 acres leasehold plus stock route.
Local authority: Monto Shire Council, annual rates are $3512.99 after discount.
Property overview: Approximately 10 kilometres frontage to the Nogo River, 3 kilometre frontage to Cattle Creek, with Two Mile Creek ,One Mile Gully and Four Mile Gully traversing the property. The country comprises of blue gum and appletree along the water courses to gentle rolling open forest country originally timbered with broadleaf and narrowleaf ironbark. The soils comprise of river loams, chocolate loams and decomposed granite.
Land development: Over the past 50 years of ownership the vendors have selectively cleared Old Rawbelle with ample shade areas left. The country has been pulled and raked along the Nogo River, Cattle Creek and Four Mile Gully and pulled with 50% raked along Two Mile Gully. The Property Map of Assessable Vegetation (PMAV) has been certified.
Pastures: The native pastures are predominately Burnett bluegrass and black spear with approximately 3,000 acres planted to legumes of fine stem stylo, sirato, wynn cassia and seca stylo. Some areas of improved grasses of buffel and green panic.
Homestead: Set on the upper banks of the Nogo River the lowset homestead is surrounded by tree studded gardens, lawns and tennis court. Featuring 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with 3 of the bedrooms opening onto the screened verandah, a central point of the home is the living and dining room with high ceilings, stone fireplace and opening onto the covered entertainment area. Over looking the gardens the kitchen and dining room has gas stove and slow combustion stove and large walk in pantry. The original maids room off the kitchen is now converted into the office. Detached from the main building and built in the same style is the original station meat house and generator room, this building is currently used for storage and lends itself for the development of a guest wing. Air conditioning in the kitchen area and evaporative cooling services the central area. Car accommodation with garage and carport. Ample water for the gardens with a 4' pipeline gravity feeding from the elevated tanks supplying the homestead, cottage and fowl pen.
Managers cottage: 2 bedroom managers cottage with telephone connected.
Workers cottage: 2 bedroom workers cottage with power and phone.
Sheds: Machinery shed 90 x 30, enclosed hanger 45 x 45 used as machinery storage, hay shed with concreted floor, fuel shed with concreted floor, storage shed, shed with horse stalls and restored slab shed. Electricity throughout all the sheds.
Cattle yards: The yards featured a covered pound, forcing yard, calf branding facility and loading ramp. Separate vet race to the plunge dip which is no longer used but is in good working order. Electricity is supplied up through the yards to the vet crush.
Water: Permanent water in the Nogo River and Cattle Creek plus seasonal holes along the major water courses. Old Rawbelle features very good underground water with 4 wells and 5 bores plus 26 open dams, in 50 years of ownership the vendor has never had any of the bores or wells go dry. Refer water schedule.
Fencing: A large percentage of the boundaries have been renewed with the western boundary with Redmount renewed and is 4 barbs with steel posts, on the southern boundary with Greystone and Barram it is 4 barb and wooden posts. The northern boundary from the river junction north is 4 barb steel posts and south of the junction is 5 barb suspension fence in very good condition. The internal fencing is a mixture of new and old and is good condition. Subdivided into 20 mains paddocks.
Carrying capacity: Old Rawbelle is well managed and has not been over grazed; they breed and grow out the progeny for 12 months before trucking the steers to their Coominglah property and selling their cull heifers. Replacement heifers are retained for a further 12 months. The vendors typically carry: -
650 to 700 breeders
250 weaner steers for 12 months
250 weaner heifers for 12 months
125 replacement heifers 20 to 24 months
If run as a straight calf breeding factory the vendors estimate conservatively 1100 to 1200 breeders.
4,706 ha / 11,629 acres
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