Tastes of Coalstoun Lakes a treat for vis­i­tors to the area

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IT WAS a pad­dock to plate ex­pe­ri­ence for those aboard the Tastes of Coalstoun Lakes tour as part of the sec­ond Heart­land Fes­ti­val.

Or­gan­ised by the Coalstoun Lakes De­vel­op­ment Group vis­i­tors ex­pe­ri­enced the taste sen­sa­tions from the beau­ti­ful red fer­tile soil of the area.

Or­gan­iser Sarah Seabrook sourced all the food from within a 200km ra­dius.

“We have sup­ported our lo­cal busi­nesses,” she said.

“It is bloody hard to be a farmer.

“If we got wa­ter to the re­gion we could grow any­thing.”

Coalstoun Lakes Wa­ter Group pres­i­dent Garry Seabrook said his vi­sions change day to day about just what the val­ley could achieve.

“On Sun­day we show­cased what can be done,” he said.

“I be­lieve we achieved what we set out to do.”

Mr Seabrook said ev­ery­one needed to be com­mended.

“It’s awe­some how ev­ery­one pulled and worked to­gether to put on the day,” he said.

Farm­ers, mostly third and fourth gen­er­a­tion, out­lined the his­tory of their farms.

For Ben Rack­e­mann, re­turn­ing back to the fam­ily farm a cou­ple of years ago was not a de­ci­sion taken lightly as he and wife Stephanie both had se­cure jobs.

“It was some­thing I al­ways wanted to do,” he said.

At Kerry and He­len Dove’s prop­erty vis­i­tors were able to watch the peanut thresher op­er­at­ing and a dip demo us­ing av­o­cado by Kerry.

At By-Mingo Drought­mas­ter Stud, run by Don and Robyn Rober­ton, vis­i­tors got the op­por­tu­nity to guess the weight of Tanker, a 955kg beast raised from a calf

PHOTO: ER­ICA MUR­REE

ON SHOW: Kerry Dove wel­comes vis­i­tors to his prop­erty dur­ing the Tastes of Coalstoun Lakes tour on Sun­day.

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