News

Hope and ‘relief’ for Burnett farmers

FINANCIAL SECURITY: South Burnett farmer Glen Unverzagt has sold Hope Dairies two properties, and a third has been leased from him for cropping.
FINANCIAL SECURITY: South Burnett farmer Glen Unverzagt has sold Hope Dairies two properties, and a third has been leased from him for cropping. Troy Kippen

SOUTH BURNETT farmer Glen Unverzagt has already benefited from Hope Dairies' investment in the South Burnett.

He has sold two properties to the company in which Gina Rinehart holds a majority share, and leased another.

Mrs Rinehart has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Government to invest $500 million in a baby formula plant near Gympie and enough land to accommodate a massive dairy herd in the South Burnett.

Hope Dairies has already bought 4000ha of land in the South Burnett for cropping.

While Mr Unverzagt's day-to-day life has not changed dramatically, he says he can rest a little easier when he closes his eyes at night.

"The biggest change is financial security," he said.

"I no longer have to worry so much about my financial inputs and whether I will be going backwards or turning a profit at the end of the season."

Mr Unverzagt is one of three South Burnett producers growing corn as cattle fodder for Hope Dairies.

He said the new job was a relief after five hard years in a row.

"I am not so much at the mercy of the rain gods anymore," he said.

The company approached Mr Unverzagt about his land at Kumbia and the chance was too good to pass up.

"I'm working for them, doing the same thing I was doing before but now I get paid (a steady income)," he said.

Three representatives from Hope Dairies recently made the trip to Kumbia to inspect the crops being grown by Mr Unverzagt. When asked "why the South Burnett?", Hope Dairies' Dave Garcia replied "why not?".

"What better place than here among the rich red soil, in a place with a history of dairying," Mr Garcia said.

Hope Dairies hopes to produce 150 million litres of milk each year to export 300,000 tonnes of infant formula to China.

It plans to start producing next year.

About a quarter of the milk will be sourced from local dairy farmers.

Gympie Times

Topics:  farming, gina rinehart, gympie, south burnett




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Next round of major works for Bruce Hwy upgrade

Previous works at the Traveston section of the Bruce Hwy.

Works on Cooroy to Curra Section C upgrade enter new phase

Fishermen using 'machine guns' to scare: ALP candidate

INTIMIDATION CLAIM: Labor Wide Bay candidate Lucy Stanton says net fishers are using guns to intimidate Teewah and Noosa North Shore residents and visitors.

Teewah netters accused of defying weapons and environment laws

32 more fabulous things to do these school holidays

There's no reason for Gympie kids to be bored these school holidays.

There's no reason for Gympie kids to be bored these school holidays

Latest deals and offers

Ernie Els dunks for eagle

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Jay Leno in spectacular rollover

Car flips after wheelie stunt.

Jay Leno gets more than he expected when he rides along in a 2500 HP Barracuda.

John Oliver on Brexit

John Oliver tries to explain the Brexit result.

John Oliver explains the fallout from Brexit on Last Week Tonight.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%