Australia’s corporate cattle stations – management standards

June 12th, 2019

I began photographing Australia’s largest cattle stations in northern Australia – above the Tropic of Capricorn – in 1984.  Many of which just happen to be owned by companies rather than families. I’ve since visited more than seventy cattle stations spread between Cape York Peninsula, Central Australia and the West Kimberley.  There isn’t anyone else […]

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“Biggest Mobs – Longest Shadows” – Brand new book

November 26th, 2015

The brand new book, “Biggest Mobs – Longest Shadows”, can now be ordered online.  Purchase a copy of “Biggest Mobs – Longest Shadows”. I’m currently buried in orders!  But if you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact me (details on the bottom of the page).   “Biggest Mobs – Longest Shadows” is unique because […]

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Foreign Investment in Australia

February 12th, 2015

Great news – finally; the threshold for unscrutinised purchases of land from non-Australians has been lowered, and the total is now cumulative. The new limit is $15 million in total; down from a whopping $240 million per purchase (not cumulative!) So from 1st March 2015, anyone who intends purchasing land for $15 million or more, […]

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Terra Firma sale of Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC)

November 20th, 2014

It’s two and a half years since I wrote about Ken and Geoff Warriner leaving Consolidated Pastoral Company, saying: “…it will be interesting to see how long Terra Firma retains ownership of CPC.  With few exceptions, overseas investment companies seem to retain Australian cattle station investments for less than five years, so it will be […]

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Australian National Park Management and Conservation

October 28th, 2013

Apparently the Queensland LNP are continuing property purchase talks with the owners of 3 cattle stations in far South-West Queensland, for yet more millions. Several questions are immediately obvious: Where is the money coming from to purchase these cattle stations.  Some of it wouldn’t be from taxes paid by remaining cattle station owners, by any […]

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RMWAH in receivership – failure of the Henbury Cattle Station project

July 2nd, 2013

R.M. Williams Agricultural Holdings (RMWAH) has gone into receivership. No surprise. What is surprising is that blindingly obvious questions, which I posed in blog posts dating back to the company’s formation, remain unanswered.  Years later.  I hope taxpayers enjoyed kissing their millions goodbye. I’ve written a number of blog posts mentioning RMWAH; here are several of the […]

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NAPCo – North Australia Pastoral Co – shares for sale

May 13th, 2013

The North Australia Pastoral Co (NAPCo) is one of Australia’s oldest large pastoral companies; having been established in the 1870s. Renowned for conservative, steady management (the most likely style to make a healthy profit, long-term); the ownership of NAPCo has always been kept as secret as possible; with long-term shareholders living unassuming lives out of […]

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SLM Australia Livestock Fund

March 12th, 2013

SLM Partners Australia Pty Ltd has set up the SLM Australia Livestock Fund, which has apparently been buying property around Cunnamulla (Southern Queensland) and Enngonia (North Western NSW). The plan is to cell graze large numbers of  cattle to “improve productivity while enhancing the environment”.  SLM stands for “Sustainable Livestock Management”.  Presumably SLM Partners will […]

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Cattle station work featured on ‘Big Australia’ – 7Mate TV channel

November 26th, 2012

The most recent episode of  7Mate’s  ‘Big Australia’ TV series featured life on a northern Australian cattle station.  Over the one hour programme, 3,000 head were mustered out of Green Holes paddock on the Acton Land & Cattle Company’s ‘Millungera’ Station, in Queensland’s Gulf Country. Brothers Graeme and Evan Acton are well known in the […]

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Foreign ownership of Australian rural land

September 10th, 2012

Anyone with an interest in the foreign ownership debate may like to visit Monica Attard’s article on The Hoopla called ‘Quick Facts. Selling the farm?’ and put their two bob’s worth in by adding a comment. Unfortunately there seems to be next-to-no discussion on whether foreign land ownership is good for Australian farms in a […]

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