First pure Brahman stud site to become housing blocks
THE site of the first pure Brahman stud in the Rockhampton district is about to get a new lease on life.
Canomie Park on Tanby was the site of the first pure Brahman stud, the Cherokee Stud; established by Lionel De Landelles in the 1960s.
The park is set to become a set of large home blocks at the ever-peaceful Tanby.
Steeped in history, the land has strong ties to the Rockhampton and Yeppoon agricultural industry.
The park's owner, Alan "Big Al" Hayes and his wife Judy said the park was instrumental in introducing the Cherokee bloodlines throughout the Brahman cattle industry.
By the early 1980s, it was estimated that 80% of all stud Brahmans throughout Australia shared bloodlines with the cattle originating from the Cherokee Stud.
For many years, the annual Cherokee Stud Sale was held at the Canomie yards (site to be developed).
"Purchasers and onlookers travelled from across Australia to take part," Big Al said.
"In 1984 the sales grew into such an event that the annual Cherokee cattle sale had to be held at the Rockhampton Pilbeam Theatre in an elaborate stage production."
In 1985, Lionel DeLandelles sold Canomie to Jack and Joan Duffy.
Joan's son Alan Hayes and his wife Judy came up from Brisbane for a holiday and decided to stay.
In 1988, a decision was made to start a turf farm, which evolved into Big Al's Turf Farm business, which is still run by Alan and Judy.
"With the rich history that this land holds for the greater Rockhampton and Yeppoon district, Canomie is once again being returned to a showplace," Big Al said.
The property is being developed by CQ Coastal Developments Pty Ltd, a company formed by local residents Tub Barlow, Luke Hendrie and Mark Windress.
They will be focusing on developing quality subdivisions, Big Al says.
Premium acreage blocks will be built.
Stage one of the development will offer keen buyers the chance to build their own personal showplace on this historic and scenic property.
"With flat and gently sloping block sizes ranging from 4011sq m to 5539sq m, there is plenty of room to build a shed for the boat or caravan."