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Pennas Road, Helens Hill

Diverse opportunity in a tropical environment Helens Hill

$1.1 million bare

ID #94124

Land Size

55.14 hectares

Property Description

Interested in this listing or have any questions? Please contact using info below:

Henry Slaney

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 The Pennas Road property offers diverse opportunity in a tropical environment and could be well suited to the retiree or lifestyle buyer looking for multi-income agricultural businesses.

Location: The property access is via Pennas Road, which in-turn comes off the Bruce Highway approximately 10km south from town of Ingham and 100km north of Townsville. The property boundaries Francis Creek with frontage for approximately 2.2km and easily accesses all the services of the Ingham township, population approx 4500 people. Schooling encompasses preschool, primary and secondary and the usual hospitals

Ingham is an historic town and supports the very well-established sugar industry and to a lesser degree beef cattle. Nearby are the beachside hamlets of Forrest Beach, and Lucinda offering the boatee close access to the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook Island and a multitude of fishing and sailing opportunities. Townsville is a vibrant city of approx 200,000 with diverse industry and opportunity for employment, business and higher education.

Area & Tenure:

The property is comprised of two (2) adjoining FREEHOLD properties … namely 52 Pennas Rd & 60 Pennas Rd.

52 Pennas Rd (Freehold title)

Area: 75.5ha (approx 186.49acres)

60 Pennas Road (Freehold title)

55.14ha (approx 136.2acres)

Rainfall:

Average 2166mm pa.

The feature of the Pennas Road property is the combination of forestry, aquaculture and livestock enterprises. Coupled with these possibilities are two houses, a large machinery and fodder shed, extensive fencing and cattle yards.

During the Fairley families ownership since 2005 the property has had caretaker / managers. The Fairley’s very busy medical practise in Townsville has allowed them only part-time input and direction over day-to-day property activities and so some projects started have not had the outcomes initially envisaged. HOWEVER, this is not to say the projects cannot be successfully resurrected.

Some infrastructure is in need of maintenance.

Homestead: An older, original home of substance, this air-conditioned, 2-bedroom house has two bathrooms, veranda on 3 sides and double carport. Solar panels on the roof ensure lower electricity costs. The property is in need of renovation.

Cottage: This dwelling was originally the workers cottage and has 2 bedrooms, one bathroom and is airconditioned … plus a very substantial covered deck facing north and looking over the property. The cottage has been the weekend home for the owners.

Sheds:

Main shed: A 6-bay shed (40m x 11m) with ends covered and drive through vehicle access. Used currently for fodder, machinery and workshop. There is a lockup section used for smaller items and chemical storage.

Shed adjacent main shed – 13m x 12m

Small sheds: Two small, (12m x 4m) roof only sheds currently used for general storage but could be used for a more diverse application with walls installed.

Many years past the property grew Tobacco and so there is sheds and tobacco drying shed/facilities on the property. Most are in need of substantial repair.

Cattle Yards:

A small set of portable panel yards are located to the north of the homestead and include crush, scales, branding facilities and loading ramp. The current owners use the property for cattle breeding and Dohne / Damara cross sheep production. Cattle are generally sold through Charters Towers saleyards on Townsville Meatworks and the sheep are sold live to local buyers.

Fencing:

The property is subdivided into 5 main paddocks (3-4 barb) for use with cattle however, some fencing also has hinge-joint wire for sheep retainment and protection.

Forestry

During the owners occupancy since 2005 portions of the property, mainly along the Francis Creek frontage, were planted with 60000 African Mahogany trees … the eventual aim of a providing a substantial forestry resource and income. The trees have been pruned and well attended over the years however the Cyclone Yasi event in 2011 caused major tree casualties. The majority of the trees survived but it is unknown what the remaining number are.

The property still has a large forestry resource yet to be exploited.

Aquaculture:

The property has seven (7) aquaculture ponds of varying size and depth. Originally licenced and stocked with Barramundi fingerlings for grow out to supply local markets the owners did supply restaurants. A power source for pond aeriation etc is nearby. Of note is the pond depth intrudes into the shallow aquifer, so the clean water resource is assured.

The ponds remain stocked with large barramundi.

Resumption of these ponds for either aquaculture or a tourism enterprise (fishing, catch & release) are options.

Country:

The property has a substantial frontage to Francis Creek and is typical coastal decomposed granite ridges running down to heavier clays and creek frontages. Having been extensively cleared over the years is now planted to a variety of introduced species. There is remnant stringy Bark and coastal natives in patches with the western boundary being forestry.

The land is planted to a variety of pasture species like Brachiaria and Rhodes grass with some Sedge encroachment in the wetter low-lying areas.

The owners have applied chemical control to the woody weeds and Sedge … this is an ongoing programme.

Water:

Water, both domestic and livestock usage, is assured via two bores, a shallow underground aquifer and 2000mm annual rainfall.

Irrigation licence applies to Francis Creek and has been previously used to fill / replenish the aquaculture ponds.

Plant & Machinery:

The property is being offered Bare HOWEVER, there is an extensive array of plant and machinery available but are, as yet not listed. Items include (approx $250K) excavator, tractors, bulldozer, large fertiliser spreader, molasses tanks and mixing trailer, grader blade, bag lifter, land plane, sprayer, slasher, etc

ALL is available for purchase however a WIWO transaction is preferred.

Livestock & carrying capacity:

The property is being offered Bare HOWEVER, there is a number of cattle (approx 20-30head) running on the property which are available at market value.

Sustainable carrying capacity should be approximately 80 adult equivalents (AE) depending on season.

Disclaimer: The above report has been prepared by Slaney & Co based on information supplied by the property owner and other credible sources. Every endeavour has been made to verify its accuracy. Whilst we trust the information to be correct, we make no warranties or guarantees and prospective purchasers must rely on their own enquiries & research. © Copyright Slaney & Co

 The Pennas Road property offers diverse opportunity in a tropical environment and could be well suited to the retiree or lifestyle buyer looking for multi-income agricultural businesses.

Location: The property access is via Pennas Road, which in-turn comes off the Bruce Highway approximately 10km south from town of Ingham and 100km north of Townsville. The property boundaries Francis Creek with frontage for approximately 2.2km and easily accesses all the services of the Ingham township, population approx 4500 people. Schooling encompasses preschool, primary and secondary and the usual hospitals

Ingham is an historic town and supports the very well-established sugar industry and to a lesser degree beef cattle. Nearby are the beachside hamlets of Forrest Beach, and Lucinda offering the boatee close access to the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook Island and a multitude of fishing and sailing opportunities. Townsville is a vibrant city of approx 200,000 with diverse industry and opportunity for employment, business and higher education.

Area & Tenure:

The property is comprised of two (2) adjoining FREEHOLD properties … namely 52 Pennas Rd & 60 Pennas Rd.

52 Pennas Rd (Freehold title)

Area: 75.5ha (approx 186.49acres)

60 Pennas Road (Freehold title)

55.14ha (approx 136.2acres)

Rainfall:

Average 2166mm pa.

The feature of the Pennas Road property is the combination of forestry, aquaculture and livestock enterprises. Coupled with these possibilities are two houses, a large machinery and fodder shed, extensive fencing and cattle yards.

During the Fairley families ownership since 2005 the property has had caretaker / managers. The Fairley’s very busy medical practise in Townsville has allowed them only part-time input and direction over day-to-day property activities and so some projects started have not had the outcomes initially envisaged. HOWEVER, this is not to say the projects cannot be successfully resurrected.

Some infrastructure is in need of maintenance.

Homestead: An older, original home of substance, this air-conditioned, 2-bedroom house has two bathrooms, veranda on 3 sides and double carport. Solar panels on the roof ensure lower electricity costs. The property is in need of renovation.

Cottage: This dwelling was originally the workers cottage and has 2 bedrooms, one bathroom and is airconditioned … plus a very substantial covered deck facing north and looking over the property. The cottage has been the weekend home for the owners.

Sheds:

Main shed: A 6-bay shed (40m x 11m) with ends covered and drive through vehicle access. Used currently for fodder, machinery and workshop. There is a lockup section used for smaller items and chemical storage.

Shed adjacent main shed – 13m x 12m

Small sheds: Two small, (12m x 4m) roof only sheds currently used for general storage but could be used for a more diverse application with walls installed.

Many years past the property grew Tobacco and so there is sheds and tobacco drying shed/facilities on the property. Most are in need of substantial repair.

Cattle Yards:

A small set of portable panel yards are located to the north of the homestead and include crush, scales, branding facilities and loading ramp. The current owners use the property for cattle breeding and Dohne / Damara cross sheep production. Cattle are generally sold through Charters Towers saleyards on Townsville Meatworks and the sheep are sold live to local buyers.

Fencing:

The property is subdivided into 5 main paddocks (3-4 barb) for use with cattle however, some fencing also has hinge-joint wire for sheep retainment and protection.

Forestry

During the owners occupancy since 2005 portions of the property, mainly along the Francis Creek frontage, were planted with 60000 African Mahogany trees … the eventual aim of a providing a substantial forestry resource and income. The trees have been pruned and well attended over the years however the Cyclone Yasi event in 2011 caused major tree casualties. The majority of the trees survived but it is unknown what the remaining number are.

The property still has a large forestry resource yet to be exploited.

Aquaculture:

The property has seven (7) aquaculture ponds of varying size and depth. Originally licenced and stocked with Barramundi fingerlings for grow out to supply local markets the owners did supply restaurants. A power source for pond aeriation etc is nearby. Of note is the pond depth intrudes into the shallow aquifer, so the clean water resource is assured.

The ponds remain stocked with large barramundi.

Resumption of these ponds for either aquaculture or a tourism enterprise (fishing, catch & release) are options.

Country:

The property has a substantial frontage to Francis Creek and is typical coastal decomposed granite ridges running down to heavier clays and creek frontages. Having been extensively cleared over the years is now planted to a variety of introduced species. There is remnant stringy Bark and coastal natives in patches with the western boundary being forestry.

The land is planted to a variety of pasture species like Brachiaria and Rhodes grass with some Sedge encroachment in the wetter low-lying areas.

The owners have applied chemical control to the woody weeds and Sedge … this is an ongoing programme.

Water:

Water, both domestic and livestock usage, is assured via two bores, a shallow underground aquifer and 2000mm annual rainfall.

Irrigation licence applies to Francis Creek and has been previously used to fill / replenish the aquaculture ponds.

Plant & Machinery:

The property is being offered Bare HOWEVER, there is an extensive array of plant and machinery available but are, as yet not listed. Items include (approx $250K) excavator, tractors, bulldozer, large fertiliser spreader, molasses tanks and mixing trailer, grader blade, bag lifter, land plane, sprayer, slasher, etc

ALL is available for purchase however a WIWO transaction is preferred.

Livestock & carrying capacity:

The property is being offered Bare HOWEVER, there is a number of cattle (approx 20-30head) running on the property which are available at market value.

Sustainable carrying capacity should be approximately 80 adult equivalents (AE) depending on season.

Disclaimer: The above report has been prepared by Slaney & Co based on information supplied by the property owner and other credible sources. Every endeavour has been made to verify its accuracy. Whilst we trust the information to be correct, we make no warranties or guarantees and prospective purchasers must rely on their own enquiries & research. © Copyright Slaney & Co

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