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Remoteness no obstacle

The vendor at 171 Wilsons Lane in Clydesdale expected it would take some time to sell her 37 acre property in a secluded valley between Daylesford and Castlemaine. She knew the remoteness of the location would not be for everyone.

She had owned the property since 2009 and over the intervening years created stunning landscaped gardens to complement the contemporary home, but in 2016 a life in town, with all its conveniences, began to appeal. Dissatisfied with the local agents in Daylesford she was referred to Waller Realty and met Tom Robertson.

Tom was extremely positive and enthusiastic about the property. With little if anything to be done to get it ready for market her home was listed within weeks and to her surprise, sold in just five days.

Tom’s knowledge of potential buyers already in the market was a great asset according to the vendor. He understood very quickly who might be the right fit and contacted them directly. The marketing of the property and the open for inspection attracted even more interested parties.

Tom kept her informed every step of the way and she describes working with him as one of the best experiences she’s had buying or selling real estate.

“I’ve dealt with a few agents in the past and I would have to say working with Tom was one of the best experiences I’ve had.”

If you would like to speak with Tom about your property contact our Castlemaine office on 03 5470 5811, call Tom on 0408 596 871, or email him at tom@wallerrealty.com.au

Tom Robertson

 

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Innovative small farming model developed in Harcourt

Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards meets with members of the Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance at the Finlay family farm in Harcourt.

Small-scale organic farming in the region received a boost last month with news that the Victorian Government would back development of a unique, collaborative farming model.

Hugh and Katie Finlay of Mount Alexander Fruit Gardens have a plan. They want to establish an alliance of small organic farmers on their Harcourt property, all running different, but complementary, enterprises.

Katie describes it as the “perfect collision of a range of problems”.

“Small-scale organic farming is risky,” she says. “With all the risk and the expenses usually carried by a single family.”

“We’ve often wondered whether there’s a better way we could farm that would share the risks, but also make better use of the resources. There are lots of dedicated, passionate people out there who want to run their own farming business, but the barriers, especially buying land, are prohibitive.”

The Finlays also have a succession issue to solve. They want to keep their orchard in production but take a much less active role. Their children don’t want to come home and run the farm but they don’t want to sell.

The Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance would give small organic farmers the opportunity to lease acreage on the Finlay’s Harcourt property. The Finlays hope that will include someone to lease their orchard so they can step back, oversee the alliance and give more of their energy to their online teaching business, Grow Great Fruit.

Hugh and Katie already have a successful lease arrangement in place with a market garden (where the idea of the Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance first began), and have now been joined by a micro-dairy and vermouth producer as they begin work on a Business Development Plan with backing from a $10,000 Regional Development Victoria grant.

They’ll use the funding and this development phase to lay the groundwork and establish the structure of the alliance. Investigating co-marketing opportunities, new products and how they can share resources to keep the cost of farming as low as possible.

“While there are lots of people share farming we don’t know of any arrangements with that extra layer of partnership agreement over the top,” says Katie.

“I’m a big believer in people owning their own business. I think you get much better buy in and people take it more seriously.”

Depending on the outcome of the development phase they hope to opt in to more funding for implementation and gain more partners.

“The environment is really changing,” says Katie. “The shift to alliances, collaborations and cooperatives is happening everywhere and both the State and Federal Governments have an appetite for funding these projects,” she says.

The business development plan will be completed by the end of the year and we look forward to seeing where it takes them.

 

Great values matched by experience

The vendors at Baringhup West Road and Rumbolds Road in Baringhup West bought their first property from Brett Tweed in 2007. When it came time to sell their nearly 200ha farm, Brett was the agent they called.

Finding the right buyer for a large holding takes time and patience. These vendors say Brett never wavered and they never doubted their property was in good hands.

They describe Brett as a person with good values and integrity, a true professional with strong business ethics. His background in agricultural studies was a tremendous asset when dealing with prospective buyers, especially those new to farming and rural life, and his sense of humour and even temper made him a great person to deal with.

Brett kept the vendors informed throughout the sales process, developing a great working relationship and securing them a sale.

If you would like to speak with Brett about your property contact our Castlemaine office on 03 5470 5811, call Brett on 0417 564 697, or email him at brett@wallerrealty.com.au