Glenprairie station up for sale
ONE of Central Queensland's most respected cattlemen, Sir Graham McCamley, will try for the second time in two years to sell the jewel in the crown of his family's cattle empire.
After the death of his wife, the beloved Shirley McCamley, in 2010, Sir Graham first put Glenprairie Station up for sale for a reported $80 million.
But the property did not sell, so this week Sir Graham announced through agents Ray White Rural that he planned to divide up the 46,863 hectare organic cattle station into three parcels to sell at auction.
Celebrating his 80th birthday this year, Sir Graham said that while he had mixed emotions about the dispersal, he was "resolute that auction day would be sale day".
In a written statement, he said he "begrudgingly accepts that it's time to slow down - a decision accentuated by a recently diagnosed (but undisclosed) health complication".
"And whilst he would love to see his family take the reins of the Marlborough region property, he recognises that his children and grand-children are all flat strap, either managing other family-owned major rural holdings or pursuing professional careers."
The property is reputed to be one of Central Queensland's top organic cattle stations, with six major creeks weaving through thousands of hectares of improved pastures, helped along by a 25km contour bank originally built by previous owner Sir William Angliss in 1953.
It will be sold in a staged process with "Oakley-Stoodleigh" (13,650 hectares) and "Tanderra" (6539 hectares) currently forming "Glenprairie West" to be offered as two lots on March 30 bare of stock and plant.
Then Sir Graham plans to sell "Glenprairie" (26,678 hectares) in May on a walk-in walk-out basis, including the organic cattle herd and station plant.
The property has historically bred and finished 5000 organic weaners every year.