A Queensland Farmer’s Partnership with Natural Gas Proves Beneficial
Australia Pacific LNG’s innovative Fairymeadow Road Irrigation Pipeline project is turning treated natural gas water into a valuable commodity and helping landholders in Miles develop new farming opportunities. Condamine feedlotter and cropping farmer Simon Drury tells his story.
My name is Simon Drury and along with my wife Kylie, and our four sons, own and operate a 5500 acre property called “Condabri” located on the Condamine River between the towns of Miles and Condamine on Queensland’s Western Darling Downs.
We have a family-run business, comprising a 5000-head feedlot and 500 acres of irrigated crops. We supply grain-fed beef to the domestic and international markets under the Condabri Beef label as well as others.
Over the past 20 years “Condabri” has been developed into a highly intensive farming enterprise and now co-exists successfully with the highly intensive natural gas industry which is extracting natural gas from beneath our land and exporting it throughout the world.
It has been a most successful partnership which has benefitted all involved including my family, our neighbours, and the surrounding districts and, of course, Origin Energy.
Our four sons, along with other young people in our area, now have a future here without being forced to chase jobs hundreds of kilometres away.
This is a benefit shared by a number of families in our area as well as many more where the landowners have embraced the natural gas industry.
Since we were first approached by Origin in 2007 to establish a small pilot project of four test wells aimed at proving the viability of the gas field, we have met and dealt with many changes as we got used to having our land used for a dual purpose and by another company other than ourselves.
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