10 large cattle companies named in Longreach Pastoral consortium bid

Beef Central, 17/02/2023

A CONSORITUM of 10 large cattle companies have been named as part of a bid to purchase the land and infrastructure assets of Western Queensland’s Longreach Pastoral College – which was closed by the state government in 2019.

The AAM Investment Group held a public meeting in Longreach last night where the other companies involved in the syndicate were named.

They include:

  • Australian Country Choice
  • Cleveland Ag
  • Consolidated Pastoral Company
  • The Curr Family
  • Georgina Pastoral
  • Hewitt Cattle Australia
  • Mcdonald Holdings
  • Mort & Co
  • And, the North Australian Pastoral Company

The college is flanked by a significant agricultural asset, with 17, 511ha (43,000 acres) of land aggregated in the area – including Rosebank Station adjoining the College site, modern classroom and accommodation facilities and other practical agricultural infrastructure.

Since closing the facility, the Qld Government has had multiple attempts at selling it, launching a tender process in 2021 and again last year. Tenders in the latest round are set close next week on February 23.

Many in the Longreach community and AgForce have been campaigning for the college to stay as an agricultural training facility. Local producer and former Agforce sheep and wool president Mike Pratt told Beef Central last year that keeping ag training at the facility was a logical extension to the major investments in exclusion fencing in the area.

“The drought is mostly behind us and all of the commodities are doing very well, wool has bit to go yet but all the red meat prices are good,” he said.

“With the exclusion fencing that has happened throughout the west, people have a lot more confidence running small stock. People can see a future in agriculture and they are confident they can invest in agriculture.

“We are seeing the most development we have seen in a long time and we desperately need labour, but there are no young people available and no one being trained.”

Consortium plans to do training

In launching the bid last week, AAM managing director Garry Edwards said the group had high hopes for agricultural training at the facility.

“As part of our collective vision, the companies involved in the consortium believe that the Longreach Pastoral College can be rejuvenated to become a trustworthy, viable and inter-generational learning centre.

“It won’t be unlike the renowned Marcus Oldham College in Victoria, offering a range of certified educational and training courses, while incorporating local tourism activities and educational activities for primary and high school students who don’t have the chance for exposure to regional Australia and our agricultural industries.”

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  1. Baden J Cameron, 21/02/2023

    I do hope the consortium is successful and the Pastoral College is re-born. As the first ED of Cattle Council I had contact with the College in the past, on one occasion presenting end of year prizes. In addition I was on the Board of the similar Katherin NT College that used the Longreach curriculum

  2. Tonypratt, 19/02/2023

    Well done AAM Investment Group being able to put together a great syndicate. I wish you the very best of luck with your bid. Being a past student my experience at the college was a great help later in life

  3. Will Haviland, 19/02/2023

    Fingers crossed that this gets going, it’s been sorely missed and a major injustice to our rural industry. I see a calibration between our larger agricultural organisations and possibly some of our resources companies the only way forward in training our future rural stewards. I regard my time at an Ag collage invaluable, not only the basics in rural education and lifelong friendships but the exposure to whats new and the possibilities in agriculture.

  4. Matthew Kennedy, 17/02/2023

    That is fantastic news! It is great to see these 10 Companies investing in the future of Australian Agriculture. Well done to all of you!

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