Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

NQ Farmer Midway through Land Acquisition Process

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

NQ Farmer Midway through Land Acquisition Process

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner Kerri-Anne.Mesner@capnews.com.au

A TOWNSVILLE farmer midway along the acquisition process with the Commonwealth for the military training expansion project is in Central Queensland today.

His first message is: "You must do, which is very difficult to do, you must divorce yourself emotionally from the process."

Don Heatley, whose property 'Fanning River' was gazetted in 2011, mentioned this while thinking about farmers impacted by Shoalwater Bay expansion.

The Geddes family has owned land there for 140 years.

Mr Heatley, the Meat and Livestock Australia chairman from 2005-2011, will address landholders impacted by the expansion at a private meeting today hosted by AgForce in Marlborough.

He warned once land has been gazetted the onus was on them (landholders) to put up a compensation package to the Commonwealth.

"You will require the services of valuers, legal support, accountants... You may need others. …

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