Frequently Asked Questions - THE LAND
How big is the land?
have bought the 7500 acre “Adler Hill Holding”, a former cattle
property which is comprised of three titles. We are subdividing about
900 acres off into eight lots, the proceeds of which will pay off our
bank loan. We have not yet decided whether we sell any more land, but we intend to keep at least 5300 acres.
Is there water?
We are the first property on Emerald Creek, an always cool permanent
creek with a good flow coming out of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. We have a
190meg water license. Additionally our 25 acre dam was providing
250megs of water each year to a farm lessee when we bought the
property. There are also several other dam sites, So there is plenty of
water and that water could not be any cleaner.
What is the flora and fauna?
The property is predominately dry sclerophyl forest. There is some of
the rare "tall forest" and a few rainforest species along the creek and
high up in the back valley. There are pockets of grass-trees and cycads
and in the Brindle creek valley are some very large old cycads. While
most eucalypti are not very big, along the creek and in some gullies
there are some very big gumtrees.
The property has been largely unused and un-touched for decades and
some parts forever and we share kilometers of boundary whit the Wet
Tropics World Heritage Area, so we do have many unusual and rare
species. There are kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, northern and
rufous bettongs, northern and eastern quolls, echidnas, goannas and
other lizards, native mice and rats, possums, dingoes, probably a few
rare northern koalas, platypus, turtles, frogs, many different birds,
including eagles and big water birds, many different snake, fish and
insect species. So there is a wide range of wildlife including several
rare and endangered species.
Are there any extreme weather events?
We do live in cyclone country, but being behind the great dividing
range gives us some protection and any cyclone looses a fair bit of
intensity by the time it gets to our land.
We also live in fire country, but up here in FNQ fires are less severe
than in southern regions. We also have made arrangements with Parks and
Wildlife and the local rural fire brigades to implement fire management
with controlled mosaic burning.
Floods are not a threat to us as. Being the first on the creek means a
fairly small catchment and the creek rises rarely more than three
meters which affects only a narrow band along the creek.
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