Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Halls Creek Resident, 95, Says Area Bound to Be Developed

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Halls Creek Resident, 95, Says Area Bound to Be Developed

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GRAHAME Tweedale was fighting Nazis in the Middle East when his dad bought the farm which has since become his home.

The Second World War veteran, who also served in New Guinea, still works the Halls Creek block that has been used to grow vegetables for the past 75 years.

His failing hearing and shot knees don't stop him from tending to produce every morning and afternoon.

The way he sees it, he could be sitting in a rocking chair getting fat or be out working every day staying healthy.

"I've still got this," he said while bouncing his hand off his stomach.

"While I can keep going I will keep going."

His 145-hectare block has nearly 2km of Pumicestone Passage frontage.

Mr Tweedale's son Mal, one of nine children, lives in a nearby shack.

The rest have moved on.

His wife Betty died eight years ago.

The thought of her instantly brought tears to Mr Tweedale's eyes.

"She was beautiful," he said.

The degree of sentiment he held for maintaining the farm after his own death was not as strong.

He said his children, except Mal, were keen to sell it.

"When I go to hell, they can sell," Mr Tweedale said.

He said a conversation he had years ago with a State Government officer had convinced him of the area's fate.

"I can't see anything else here but development," he said.

"Every man and his dog wants a port in the water.

"The council will try and stop it but public pressure will beat them."

Mal said he would like to see the land left as it was.

He appreciated the diverse wildlife it supported.

"There's no houses," Mal said.

"You can have peace."

But he was not confident his wishes would come to fruition.

"I'm one of nine and the other eight want to sell," he said.

Steven Reeves is caretaker for a neighbouring 307-hectare block owned by his mother.

His family started growing sugar cane about 25 years ago but it was barely viable.

The closure of Nambour's sugar mill in 2003 finished that venture.

Mr Reeves said he had tried different ventures since but none had taken off.

"The amount of input you have to put into the soil is incredible," Mr Reeves said. …

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