AFTER more than 60 years of service as a Queensland Government research facility, Toorak at Julia Creek will be sold.
To be auctioned on November 21 by Ray White Rural, Toorak consists of 14,325ha (35,398 acres) with a freehold title to issue prior to settlement.
The property is predominantly gently undulating open downs pastured with Mitchell and Flinders grasses, with the balance a mix of coolibah channels along Sadowa and Eastern Creeks.
Country of this type is equally suited to sheep or beef production, and the property has been used as a research facility for both sheep and cattle.
Under the previous government the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry undertook a major review of beef research.
Three research facilities including Toorak are being decommissioned and all research is being relocated to the new Spyglass beef research facility 100km north of Charters Towers.
Toorak is 45km south of Julia Creek on the sealed Julia Creek-Kynuna Road.
Water on Toorak is supplied by three capped and flowing artesian bores via a reticulation system to two gully dams and approximately 40 watering points, mostly with a tank and trough.
With the watering system and the pasture types on Toorak, the carrying capacity has been reported to be about one adult equivalent animal to 8ha, (about 1800 head) on a mixed herd basis.
The Toorak Research Facility features substantial infrastructure with residential accommodation including three residences, quarters, office building, conference/library building and a host of smaller ancilliary buildings and sheds.
These other buildings include a large high clearance machinery shed, hay sheds, a large metal-clad shearing shed, and sheep and cattle yards.
The property also features a large hard-wired diesel generator as an independent power supply.
Marketing agent Andrew Adcock said Toorak represented a good quality cattle and sheep property with access to sale and export markets.
“The location of the Toorak Research Facility in proximity to Julia Creek, level of improvements, and style of country means it will appeal to the wider market,” Mr Adcock said.
“For many years there have been enquiries as to whether this property would be available for sale.
“Now the opportunity is there for all parties to compete at the auction to be held in Julia Creek on Wednesday, November 21.
“Over the years we have fielded many calls from purchasers wishing to purchase the Toorak research facility because of its reputation in the area.”
l Contact Andrew Adcock, 0407 674 972, or Bram Pollock, 0428 467 030, Ray White Rural.
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