WATCH: Bold vision comes to life on Capricorn Coast
AS ROSS O'Reilly stands on this picturesque piece of land, he can see its enormous potential.
The Yeppoon businessman recently acquired the land on Clayton's Rd, with a bold vision to create a community space where locals and visitors can learn more about living off the land.
Already starting to grow seasonal fruit and vegetables in the rich, red soil, Mr O'Reilly's plan is to grow organic produce that will be included on the menu at his Beaches Restaurant in Rosslyn Bay.
But that's just one facet of what Mr O'Reilly plans to use the soon-to-be farm for.
He said it's all been "part of the dream” since purchasing Beaches Restaurant and the management rights of Rosslyn Bay Resort five years ago.
"It was always our plan as part of our wellness retreats that we host at the resort to have an organic farm as part of the experience,” he told the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week.
"And to produce organic produce for our restaurant known as Paddock to Plate, so to have an organic section on our menu that's fresh only five minutes away.
"Three weeks ago we started putting the first crops in, a lot of infrastructure had to go in, we've got a great water supply here, great soil, it's all sustainable, it's all done via solar - all of our power, water storage, and irrigation.”
Growing up on a dairy farm as one of 11 children, Mr O'Reilly said he wanted to return to eating and growing wholesome, nutritious food while educating others about its health benefits.
"With the amount of terminal illness we have in our society today, we really need to go back to the way we used to do it, to what our ancestors and indigenous people used to do and how they worked with mother nature to produce healthy nutritional food,” he said.
"My eyes have been opened to what's happening around the world and other parts of our country in recent months.
"And we want to bring this to CQ, and mainly our children, our schools and to teach kids a lot about wellness, not just about permaculture.
"The ideal age to start this education is at the school level.”
Spending the past six months learning more about permaculture and growing food organically, Mr O'Reilly said he was looking forward to having farm animals around him again.
"We will eventually have all different animals on this property,” he said.
"We'll use them in a permaculture manner to rotate them around the property to fertilise the ground and turn compost, it's the way it is all meant to work.
"There's a real science to it all.”
Mr O'Reilly said the ultimate goal was to turn this property into a real education centre for our community as well as host other activities for the community to get involved in.
"This is just a really important addition, about how we can grow our own real food, teach people how to grow and cook it and why they should eat it,” he said.