Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bourneville today

Our family are no longer interested in selling Bourneville and all the irrigation licences are now allocated to Bourneville.    Gogango Creek is still running and might stay running for twenty years as it did between the 1969 drought and the drought of the 90's     The current Posts are a good record so we'll leave the blog on the web.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

View from the house close to BOURNEVILLE
Looking North East towards the Westwood hills
Same view can be had from the old cultivation on each of the three Bourneville deeds.
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View from the house, looking towards the North West..

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The family taken outside the Bourneville yards over 30 years ago.
The Bourneville yards are on the Thirsty Creek Road on one of the smaller deeds offered for sale along the road.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010


All three deeds have a frontage to the Thirsty Creek Road, but if blocks were used as homesites up on the old cultivation, there is a gazetted road from each onto the Riversleigh Road.
Power is from nearly one kilometre to less than two kilometres away.
  Bourneville begins about 3km after you cross the railway line at Gogango on the Thirsty Creek  Rd.
    There's a Primary school at Gogango and a school bus to Rockhampton Secondary Schools and there will be a High School  at Gracemere before long.
     Gracemere Saleyards are 52 km from Gogango and 2km further on is  Gracemere itself with town facilities and shops as well as the Woolworths shopping Mall and a McDonalds and plans for stage 2.
       It's about another 7km to Rockhampton.
       Along the Thirsty Creek Rd about 9km north from Bourneville, the Rookwood Weir will be built on the Fitzroy River.

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We own Woodlands  over the road to the east, and Tongola which has a common boundary with Bourneville on the western side and runs to the Riverslea Road-- nearly 2000 acres altogether.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cattle walking away from the creekbank spots below..
Notice the open grassy flat between the creek and the treeline of the 41 mile gully.
The flat has narrowed here . The gully joins Gogango Creek a little further down,where Gogango Creek splits and forms an anabranch.
This flat is grassed as in the photo and there is underground water on all these flats.


There is an 8 Ha licence for irrigation water out of Gogango Creek and another 8 Ha licence out of a tributary.    This is for Bourneville only.
A 224 megalitre irrigation licence from bores applies to Bourneville plus the adjoining 655 acres on *Woodlands " across the Thirsty Creek Road.     There are 6 deeds in all.     Splitting the land reqires splitting the water licence which makes each farmlet droughtproof but spoils the opportunity for a cattleman or farmer to make real money from irrigated  Leucaena, or crops on a larger scale.
I would be open to offers for  the whole  1327 acres  to which the total water licence applies.
A bullock grazing along the creekbank with the photo of the creekbed illustrated below behind him .
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A typical gravelly waterhole in Gogango Creek where the creek is the boundary.
This is what it's like at the stage where the creek dries back into a few good waterholes. The bottom is gravelly and the water clean.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

A belah tree on the edge of the cultivation
We grew wheat on the cultivation that graded prime hard and we used no fertilizer.
That was in 1989.
In 1990 the crop failed due to dry weather,so after that we grew fodder crops-dolichos,sugardrip etc but after more dry years in the nineties and having to continuously plough out buffel grass we gave in and let the buffel have it's way and it's still there.
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The cutivation as seen from near the Forest Vale boundary fence
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Looking across the cultivation from Tongola boundary fence.
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A view of the Westwood hills as can be seen from most parts of the cultivation
Both these hills and the hills over the Fitzroy River
in the other direction can be seen from each of the three deeds.
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Three of a kind.                                         The three bottletrees have swordpear at their feet but the background is grass.
  Swordpear needs shade to thrive.

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Looking across the rise to the biggest patch of bottle trees
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Bullocks near the lagoon and in the background the grassed rise up to the cultivation
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The lagoon
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Bauhinias in full flower and leaf even in last year's extremely dry spring
Taken along the bank of Gogango Creek
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Drought fodder on trees. The Bauhinia in the previous photo.
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Swordpear dying back from mealybug---biological control.

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successful biological control of harrisia cactus McFadyen Tomley

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Mealybug in swordpear.                                               

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Buffel grass and bottle trees. Just a couple of the dozen or more bottle trees retained in this area above the lagoon.

Notice the swordpear around the base of the more distant bottle tree. Bourneville was thick with the pest pear before the cactoblasis moth was introduced but this swordpear was resistant and survived well where there is treecover but does not thrive in the open. In recent years a mealy bug has been introduced which keeps it's presence in decline. Swordpear grows from a bulb and is very slow to spread, quite unlike harrisia cactus. It has no effect on beef production so I have learned to live with it, until several years ago I sprayed an area off the quad with Brushoff (Ally) and the result was excellent. A little sworpear can be seen in most of the photos in this blog.
Most photos were taken in the extreme dry of last year when I was on the quad taking GPS
readings to define the boundaries of the three deeds that make up the land we are offering for sale. Fencing can be done after a deal can be made between three buyers.
On the other hand someone might want to buy the lot and even with Woodlands over the
road and that would give entitlement to the 224 megalitre per annum irrigation licence.

If the three deeds are sold separately the irrigation licence out of the bores would have to be apportioned. There are also two water licences of 8 hectares each to irrigate out of Gogango Creek and the lagoon.
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