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Balonne River Frontage - St George Irrigation Farm Opportunity !AREA:
188.5 hectares (466 Acres)
•L72/SP107668: Freehold - PARISH OF ST GEORGE
•L45/SP107668: Term Lease 230197 PARISH OF ST GEORGE
• Regulated Sunwater Allocation - Nil (Sunwater channel to the front door - Infrastructure in place for buyers to obtain allocation from the market or buyers who have existing allocation to operate immediately)
• Unregulated Water Harvest Licence from Balonne River: 37 Megalitres/Day at 6000 Megalitres flow
•Water Harvest Allocation: 621 Megalitres Nominal & 837 Megalitres/year
The main irrigated block of about 80 hectares ranges from a sandy loam to very sandy loam at the eastern end. It has all been Laser levelled to drain away from the middle or to one end, and in the past has grown good Lucerne. There is a 16 ha block of rich silty loam (well-drained) on the river. The remainder of the country is very sandy with sand hills and timber which could be utilized for further expansion.
A 300 megalitre Dam was built in 2000. This is set up to fill by water harvesting with a new (2014) 250mm Yatai 300 QW-15-55 electric submersible column pump on the river to deliver about 1 ML/hour. The motor is 400 V 3PH 55kW.
On the 300 ML dam is a second electric-powered Southern Cross Starline Motor Pump 125mm x 100-200mm with a Netafim media filtration system (Type AGF). This pump supplies the irrigation field.
The dam has recently been clay lined to prevent seepage. Work was finished in September 2014. The Balonne River flowed in February 2015 allowing water harvesting to commence, and the seepage no longer is a problem. The dam filled again in early April 2017.
ST GEORGE MAIN CHANNEL:
On the St George Main Channel is an electric-powered 44 Indeng Pump with Toro (Irritrol) stainless steel media filtration system. The Fertigation system consists of a 9000 litre tank with industrial Spa pump for agitation and an Injection pump with Venturi operation for metering the solution flow.
Both the pumps on the dam and the channel supply water into the existing underground pipeline, and can be started in tandem from the office, or separately.
SUB-SURFACE DRIP IRRIGATION:
The sub-surface drip irrigation consists of 70.71 ha divided into 8 blocks. We are able to put about 10 mm over the whole area in 24 hours, or 3 hours per 9 ha block. This works out to about 7.2 megalitres per day. Two of these 9 ha blocks have now been re-developed under the HHWUE scheme converting them to micro-sprinklers for tree irrigation.
There is a 1500 metre 200 mm (8 inch) PVC underground pipeline laid up the middle of the main 80 hectare block, with hydrants every 100 metres for an Upton travelling boom Irrigator.
Last updated: 03:36PM on May 15th 2018