Strathmore works the start of the Norths development

News from Strathmore station between Georgetown and Croydon in North West Queensland that work has started on redeveloping the station was welcomed by North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald.

I have been told that the State government has given Scott Harris, the owner of Strathmore station, the go-ahead to clear 20,000 hectares and he has already started planting sorghum, Senator Macdonald said.

I also understand that Mr Harris will use his water licence to build off-river storage for up to 6000 megalitres of water.

It is anticipated that when the project is completed it will employ up to 200 people which is excellent news.

Senator Macdonald said he was delighted to have been able to see first-hand some of the vision of the owners when he visited the property last year

I have been impressed by the commitment the Harris family has to developing this part of Northern Australia, he said.

Their drive, courage and business acumen are what we need to make things happen. 

He said that this sort of development was a good example of what could be achieved in developing Northern Australia when private investors and government worked together to get things done.

I would hope that, when completed, the Strathmore station project will be just the first of many similar projects, providing ongoing employment and increasing agricultural opportunities across the North, Senator Macdonald said.

I will be following Mr Harris progress with interest and congratulate him on his vision.

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