Town Commons and Reserves
The Flinders Shire consists of two Commons and six Reserves that are used for grazing purposes.The two Town Commons include Hughenden and Prairie which are available to residents for agistment. An application to Agist Stock Form is required to be filled out and submitted to the office before an application can be approved. Seven (7) days notice is required to agist stock on a Town Common.
The six Reserves are located at Stamford, Torrens Creek, Prairie and around Hughenden. These are all currently agisted or leased out. Council has a Lease Agreement in place for each Reserve when auctioned and has a Fencing of Reserves Policy for maintenance to boundary fences.
The Hughenden Town Common is situated west of the township on the old Richmond Road. It consists of an area of 1,534ha and includes one main watering facility. Residents of Hughenden are able to agist cattle or horses on the Common according to Council's Policy.
The Prairie Town Common surrounds the northern side of the township and consists of an area of 386ha. It has one watering facility on the eastern side below the Racecourse. Residents of Prairie are able to agist cattle or horses on the Common according to Council's Policy.
The Stamford Reserve is located 65km south of Hughenden on the north-western side of Stamford. It consists of an area of 3,362ha and includes four watering points, one dam and three tanks and troughs. The Reserve is grassed with an abundance of Mitchell and Flinders Grasses and has bitumen road access. The Reserve is currently being leased for three years and expires 31st December 2012.
The Prairie Reserve is located south-west of the township. It has an area of 319ha and includes the Prairie Airstrip which is maintained by Council. The Reserve has one Watering Facility which consists of a trough. The Reserve is currently being leased and expires 31st March 2014.
The Torrens Creek Reserve is located south-west of the township. It consists of an area of 1,810ha with the opportunity of applying for an additional permit to occupy over part of the Stock Route to include an extra 496ha. The Reserve consists of three watering points and runs along the Torrens Creek waterway. It is a predominantly well timbered, red soil country which converts into lighter sandy clay and harder gravel country closer to Torrens Creek. It is grassed with Feathertop and Spear-grass, with other evident grasses being Rhodes, Secca, Spinifex, Bluegrass and Kangaroo Grass. The Reserve is currently being leased and expires 31st March 2014.
The 15 Mile Reserve is situated on the Old Richmond Road approximately 10km north-west of Hughenden. There are two watering facilities including the Stock Route Watering Facility which includes a 12ft Southern Cross Windmill that pumps into two 10,000 gallon tanks and a trough as well as a dam at the southern end of the Reserve. The 15 Mile is 1,611 hectares and is grassed with Flinders, Mitchell and Buffel which covers black soil open areas to well shaded river country. The Flinders River runs along the back of the Reserve however is fenced separately. The 15 Mile is leased for three years and will expire on the 1st April 2013.
The Aerodrome Reserve is situated north-east of Hughenden and includes two paddocks that are leased. One paddock is situated in the southern corner of the Reserve and includes an area of 95ha. The other is situated in the north-west corner of the Reserve and is approximately 56ha with the possible opportunity of applying for an additional permit to occupy over part of the Stock Route to include an extra 12ha. The two paddocks are predominantly light timbered, black soil country that runs into some clay-pans. The Aerodrome Reserve is grassed with Mitchell and Flinders, with Buffel Grass being well established in these areas. Both paddocks are currently being leased and are due to expire on the 31st December 2015.
The 2 Mile Lane is situated on the southern outskirts of Hughenden on the Kennedy Developmental Road towards Winton near the Racecourse. It is currently being agisted and is due to expire 1st June 2013.
For more information regarding the Flinders Shire Commons or Reserves please call:
Billy Paine – Rural Lands Officer on 0428 412 306 or (07) 4741 2900.