His­toric fam­ily farm to be auc­tioned

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

EMER­ALD View is an af­ford­able 96.4-hectare ru­ral life­style property in the his­toric Grand­ch­ester district that amaz­ingly has been held in the one ex­tended fam­ily for the past 147 years.

Of in­ter­est, the fam­ily cat­tle brand (HRO) was the fifth reg­is­tered cat­tle brand in Queens­land.

Owned through­out that time by the Rafter and McLaugh­lin fam­i­lies, the cat­tle farm com­pris­ing six lots on four free­hold ti­tles is be­ing sold now to fi­nalise the fam­ily es­tate. Since day one, Emer­ald View has been an ideal farm for graz­ing – ini­tially a dairy farm but op­er­at­ing as a cat­tle property since 1968. Emer­ald View is 75 kilo­me­tres or just over an hour from the Bris­bane CBD.

There are more than 16 hectares of fer­tile al­lu­vial creek flats that have pre­vi­ously been cul­ti­vated. About 70% or more than 64 hectares is cleared. The bal­ance of the coun­try is steeper slopes, which are

tim­bered, which of­fer good mil­l­able tim­ber like spot­ted gum and iron­bark.

Soil types are fer­tile black soils on the flats and mostly brown clay loams on the bal­ance.

The com­fort­able house, first built in 1966, raised in 1987 and ex­tended and ren­o­vated only six years ago, has wide wrap­around ve­ran­das on three sides with pleas­ant out­looks over the farm.

These ar­eas are ideal for meals, a drink or three and when en­ter­tain­ing in all sea­sons.

In­ter­nally, the tim­ber fire­place is a fea­ture and warms the ma­jor­ity of the home. There is a large re­verse-cy­cle air-con­di­tioner down­stairs and the three bed­rooms up­stairs all have ceil­ing fans.

Wa­ter for both the live­stock and the home is well catered for. Seven dams are dis­trib­uted evenly over the 96 hectares.

The equipped wind­mill pumps at about 100 gal­lons per hour, which is pumped to a nearby tank and grav­ity-fed to a nearby trough. About 45,000 litres of rain­wa­ter for the house is col­lected by three nearby large tanks, one of which sup­plies the house di­rectly.

The work­ing farm is well im­proved, with two steel-framed sheds (both with power and lights) and a large ma­chin­ery and hay shed.

A laneway leads to the tim­ber and steel cat­tle yards with cat­tle bail and steel load­ing ramp. The vast ma­jor­ity of fences and gates are in sound work­ing or­der.

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