Pas­ture close to the coast

Central and North Rural Weekly - - PROPERTY -

WELL-known Mackay gra­ziers, the Wright fam­ily, are re­luc­tantly of­fer­ing Con­stant Creek, their 675-hectare cane and cat­tle farm at Ha­bana, just 20 min­utes from Mount Pleas­ant shop­ping cen­tre in North Mackay.

This prop­erty, with its 1650mm av­er­age an­nual rain­fall, its di­rect boat­ing ac­cess to the tidal Con­stant Creek and choice of el­e­vated home sites over­look­ing views across the es­tu­ary out to the ocean, is at­tract­ing strong in­ter­est from western gra­ziers look­ing for a hedge against the cur­rent pro­longed drought.

A va­ri­ety of the best species of lush trop­i­cal pas­tures are now well es­tab­lished to a good per­cent­age of the graz­ing coun­try, greatly en­hanc­ing the car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity from its orig­i­nal na­tive state.

Cane grow­ing was started in 1980 and be­fore ir­ri­ga­tion was in­stalled on the prop­erty,

in one year the crop av­er­aged 127t/ha.

There is 61 hectares of ir­ri­gated cane pro­duc­tion area, which could eas­ily be ex­panded at min­i­mal cost.

The mod­ern un­der­ground ir­ri­ga­tion lay­out retic­u­lates wa­ter to the en­tire cul­ti­vated ar­eas from a 100-me­gal­itre dam and li­cence from the fresh­wa­ter Martin’s Creek.

This lay­out is also de­signed to ac­com­mo­date ex­pan­sion at min­i­mal cost.

The 2018 crop is now fully grown and ready to har­vest, which will pro­duce im­me­di­ate rev­enue for the new owner.

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