Coastal graz­ing land

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

Con­stant Creek won the Royal Na­tional Pas­ture block in 1983 and many cane and cat­tle prizes were awarded from the Mackay Show So­ci­ety over the years. These prize win­ning ex­hi­bi­tions were grown on Con­stant Creek. The prop­erty is at present a win­ner as it has a good body of feed in what is prov­ing to be one of

the dri­est and cold­est win­ters for some time.

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.

This valu­able prop­erty has been nur­tured over the past 91 years to be­come the pro­duc­tive farm it is to­day.

It is rare to find such a di­verse farm­ing prop­erty so close to a coastal cen­tre.

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