caretaker needed for 26000 acre property

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 14:24
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Station Caretakers Position available:

We are currently caretaking a 26,000 acre sheep & cattle property some 80k south-west of Blackall and close to the Idalia National Park. We have been caretaking this property since Feb 2013 - and love the place. This is the second property of Ian and Deb Macdonald whose home property is some 115k away and we have offered to assist them to find good caretakers to take over from us in March this year. They are a lovely couple, very professional in their management of both properties and are great people to work for.
The role is pretty straight forward and includes doing daily water runs to ensure the stock have water. A Nissan 4wd Ute is provided for work use. One thing that will keep you busy will be finding & repairing water leaks in the poly pipes!!!...
There are two small Honda 5hp petrol engine pumps, one bore with a diesel generator engine and eleven dams. You will need to do minor servicing on the Honda engines and diesel generator for the bore pump, just changing oil etc...
The next most important role is keeping an eye on the stock and advising the owners of any issues or sickness. Pulling out any stuck stock from dams during the drought has kept us busy at times!
You are required to upkeep the main house & cottage gardens, which generally just entails watering lawns & trees, just general looking after the gardens and doing routine maintenance jobs around the place.
Also the occasional slashing or spraying for weed control and just other general handyman jobs...
The ability to confidently ride a motorbike or quad bike, which are supplied on the property, is an advantage as we help out with the cattle and sheep mustering several times a year. This usually involves mustering the stock from the paddocks and walking them up to the yards and assisting with the stock in the yards.
We also do the occasional fence run and repair any broken wires, fence posts etc.
The owners do all the stock work but you are encouraged to help out where you feel confident.
The role is part-time and not onerous and there will be plenty of time for you to pursue your hobbies – it’s a great place for writers, painters, photographers or whatever your hobby.
The dams do have fish & native shrimp– mainly spangled perch although one is reputed to have Yellow Belly!

This is a great opportunity to take a break and immerse yourself in a lovely rural community. Blackall is a pleasant and very active country town and has all the usual basic facilities. It also boasts one of the best aquatic centres - all heated artesian water including a great spa. Culturally there is a lot going on - a very strong quilting group and the artistic community is well catered for with visiting artists and workshops and a very well equipped Men’s Shed. Add to this the many small regional country shows.. Longreach is the closest major town & is about 2.5 hrs drive by sealed road.

The Caretakers have their own two bedroom cottage - old but sound condition with pressed tin ceilings. The kitchen has all the usual mod-cons electric stove, fridge, large box freezer and microwave, etc. There is digital satellite TV and a satellite internet connection. There is no mobile service on the property & it seems only Telstra has mobile service in town.
The garden has lawn and plenty of space for veggie gardens plus shady trees and a bush BBQ.
Ian and Deb supply meat from their property and also provide a small wage & cover basic living expenses- (power & home phone).
They are looking for an active couple rather than a single person and hope to attract someone for a minimum of one year so they would get to see and experience the whole cycle of operations. Should you feel you would enjoy this lifestyle for a change and have some relevant experience then contact us with a resume detailing your experience and we will pass it onto Ian & Deb.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have & we can also supply some photo's of the place if wanted.

Outback living is an experience everyone should try! You won't regret taking the plunge and trying it!! We definitely don't!!

Darren & Jo Tonkin
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Reply By: Member - P and JM - Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 21:19

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 21:19
Hi Darren & Jo,

Sounds good, and your description is well laid out. As I "Have been there done that" it brings back memories from days gone by.

If my health was better I would jump at it but don't think the XYL would tag along with me.

Who ever does take it on would love it, as by your explanation it's not real hard work like the old days when we done it on horses and Bantam motor bikes.

Cheers P&J
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Reply By: Honky - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:49

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:49
This looks so inviting and am sitting at the computer trying to work out how I could apply, but alas, it would be to much of a sea change as still have one child still at school.
On a side note and not being a paid member I cannot send a personal message.
I just noticed your surname and user name.
It is the same as mine and I am also into mopars and valiants but VJ's not CM's.
Must run in the blood line LOL

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Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:12

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