Farm own­ers set­tled in

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE FENCE POST - Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@south­bur­nett­

IT’S been about six months since Kumbia farm­ers Rick and Alice Greenup took full con­trol of Eidsvold Sta­tion in the North Bur­nett.

The cou­ple had been man­ag­ing the sta­tion for the past decade, but are now fully run­ning the prop­erty after the pre­vi­ous own­ers moved out in Novem­ber.

“We have just come through one of the worst droughts we’ve seen up there,” Mrs Greenup said.

“It was a pres­sure-cooker sit­u­a­tion for the staff.

“The staff have early weaned all the calves up there and they’ve done a great job look­ing after the cows and the calves.”

Mrs Greenup said be­cause of the re­cent rain, they could now change their pri­or­i­ties.

“Our fo­cus has been get­ting through drought and the feed, that was our main fo­cus,” she said.

“We can now take a breath and take a look at the main­te­nance and restoration of the prop­erty.”

While most of the sta­tion flooded when the Bur­nett River peaked in 2013, the sta­tion was spared any ma­jor dam­age from flood­ing caused by ex-trop­i­cal cyclone Deb­bie.

“We’ve got a bit of work to do as we lost one dam,” Mrs Greenup said.

“But gen­er­ally it was a pos­i­tive thing as our wa­ter sup­plies were ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal.

“We are in the process of fix­ing the dam.”

Mrs Greenup said it was a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion at their South Bur­nett prop­erty.

“We hadn’t had run-off, we think, since about 2011 or 2012,” she said.

“Cyclone Oswald was the last run-off, so we’re very grate­ful for the rain­fall we have had.

“Peo­ple have a good amount of crops planted now and peo­ple are start­ing to be able to put money back in the land.”

Mrs Greenup said they were about to em­bark on a restoration of the main house at Eidsvold Sta­tion.

“It’s a 130-year-old house and it needs restor­ing from the ground up,” she said.

“A re­stored house doesn’t run cat­tle, so we’ll do a bit a year as fi­nances al­low.

“The step this year is quite a big step and then we’ll make it so a man­ager can live in there, or staff.

“We have cat­tle yards and that to build and we’re very con­cious that cat­tle yard and fences and wa­ter are more im­por­tant, but we will pre­serve the house.”

The main house at Eidsvold Sta­tion has ac­com­mo­dated Prince Charles, twice.

The sta­tion is plan­ning a 60-year ju­bilee sale in Septem­ber.


A RUN­NING START: Eidsvold Sta­tion own­ers Rick and Alice Greenup man­aged the prop­erty for a decade be­fore tak­ing up the reins in Novem­ber.

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