STATION MANAGER – KATHERINE NT
We are seeking a Station Manager for “Banjo Station”, a 140,000 acre cattle breeding, backgrounding and farming property located on the Sturt Plateau, some 3 hours (250 kms) south of Katherine in the Northern Territory.
Banjo is a relatively undeveloped sub-division of the adjacent “Gilnockie Station” and significant development of Banjo will occur over the next few years. The property is in the tropical zone of the Northern Territory with good soil, approximately 800 mm per year of reliable summer rainfall, good stock and domestic bores and sound boundary fencing.
The new owner of Banjo, Goonoo Goonoo Pastoral Pty Ltd (GGP) intends to undertake significant development of Banjo for cattle breeding and backgrounding, with a target of running 3,000 – 4,000 breeding cows. This will include substantial fencing and cattle handling investment, extension of the stock water system with tanks and troughs and significant upgrading of the Farm Base infrastructure.
Banjo also has clearing permits for 17,000 acres of country suitable for farming, of which approximately half is cleared. This provides the opportunity to grow fodder crops and pastures, some of which have been successfully grown already, for hay production and backgrounding cattle. It also provides the opportunity for dryland farming of grain or fibre crops in future.
The Station Manager will report to the Owner and will be closely involved in finalising the 3- 5 year development plan for Banjo; and will be responsible for implementing it.
It is intended that the majority of the development work will be carried out by contractors under the direction of the Station Manager, with the Station Manager having primary responsibility for establishing and caring for the breeding herd.
GGP is a private family company with a long history in the cattle business. It is a well established beef enterprise, running around 7,000 head of cattle on 35,000 acres in northern NSW with breeding, backgrounding and finishing activities across five properties. GGP also has substantial experience with the development activities planned for Banjo, including pasture development and dryland farming.
GGP’s management style is team-based with a relatively small number of capable, multiskilled managers and farm hands. Contribution by managers is highly valued in a participative structure, with a significant degree of authority and accountability for Station Managers within the bounds of agreed development and operating plans. While fully compliant and accredited with modern beef management and marketing systems and practices, GGP runs a “hands-on” business with a clear focus on the practical aspects of running the business and minimising unnecessary administrative tasks.
We are seeking a Station Manager who has substantial experience in cattle breeding and backgrounding including all aspects of cattle care and handling, preferably in Northern Australia. Experience with establishing and maintaining fencing and water infrastructure is necessary and experience with pasture improvement and fodder cropping will be highly regarded.
We are seeking an ‘all-rounder” with the experience and enthusiasm to drive the development of Banjo to its full potential. In addition to having strong relevant skills and experience, we are seeking an enthusiastic, diligent person with good interpersonal skills who is comfortable being a team player and who is willing to embrace new ideas.
The position would suit a working couple, with a Farm Hand position also available to the right person.
The Banjo Farm Base includes a comfortable and relatively new 3 bedroom Managers House and an accommodation block for use by visitors and contractors. Currently water is from the stock and domestic bores and power is from on-site generators, however GGP plans to upgrade the Farm Base with sheds, the roofs of which will provide rainwater and solar power sufficient to run the accommodation and other facilities, with bore water and generator backup.
Applicants need to be comfortable living approximately 3 hours’ drive from the major service centre of Katherine, however schooling is available through the highly regarded Katherine School of the Air to Y9 and from Y10-12 through the NT School of Distance Education based in Darwin. Lessons are provided in hard form and over the internet combined with get-togethers and in-school periods rounding out the learning experience. In addition, the Isolated Children's and Parents Association, (ICPA) is very supportive and active and welcomes new members.
There is Wi-Fi and landline telephone services and mobile telephone coverage overnight. Katherine has two private GP clinics, and the NT Government Doctor is available for teleconferences. Completion of a NT Government Health course also provides access to a NT Government issued medical kit for use at the direction of the NT Government Doctor.
A competitive salary package will be available for the right person or couple with the house provided for the Station Manager’s exclusive use and the usual package of benefits including provision of electricity and telephone. A fully maintained and fuelled Toyota Landcruiser Workmate will also be provided for on-farm use and reasonable off-farm use.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please provide a letter of application, including your resume and details of referees to:
Banjo Station Manager
PO Box 6099 Narraweena, NSW 2099