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No neighbours and rolling hills for days — time to buy a rural retreat

first_imgThis land near Beaudesert, once earmarked for a proposed dam, is for sale.The three adjoining lifestyle blocks all front the Beaudesert-Nerang Road. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe properties are located about 60km from Southport and 70km from Brisbane.Ray White Rural Queensland sales agent Peter Douglas and Ray White Rural Beaudesert principal Ed Dalton have been appointed to manage the sale process.Mr Douglas said this was only the first stage of the open market sales program, with more properties to be offered to the market in future stages in the coming months.He expects the properties will attract strong interest from local buyers, with the lifestyle blocks likely to also appeal to interstate buyers. BARGAINS ‘TO BE HAD’ IN UNIT MARKET VIEWS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE RENTAL CRISIS WORSE THAN EVER “The lifestyle blocks have really nice views, they’re just outside of Beaudesert and it’s attractive, rolling country,” Mr Douglas said.“Rather than offer the land as one large block where someone buys and splits it, (the state government is) offering it separately to give more people a chance to buy at a cheaper price point. “It’s very rare for that sort of thing to come up — especially on behalf of the government.”The properties will be open for inspections on Sundays. The auction will be held in Beaudesert at the Council Centre on Brisbane Road at 11am on June 7. This land near Beaudesert, once earmarked for a proposed dam, is for sale.NO noisy neighbours for miles and rolling hills for days … now’s your chance to buy a rural retreat a stone’s throw from the city.The Queensland government is selling about 2600ha of land originally bought to make way for a major dam, south of Brisbane, at 4071 Beaudesert-Nerang Rd, Tabragalba.The land, around Beaudesert, was bought between 1991 and 2005 for the proposed Glendower Dam, but studies found the project did not stack up financially. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The six properties to be auctioned are a combination of large agricultural holdings, residential houses and lifestyle properties.They include three blocks of vacant land, each around 50ha, a three-bedroom house on 1.2ha, a small farmhouse on 20ha with frontage to the Albert River and 193ha of prime river flats with irrigation licences, houses and sheds. last_img read more

Student’s company advocates global, sustainable farming

first_imgIn the face of the impending global food security crisis, one student is working toward a lasting solution. Sanjay Rajpoot, set to graduate from USC this December with degrees in physics and chemical and nanotechnology engineering, has big plans in store for his company, Sustainable Microfarms, and its developments, which could change the way people farm.In addition to advocating sustainable growing, Rajpoot and the Sustainable Microfarms team hope to extend their reach into underdeveloped regions hit hardest by famines, such as India, China and Africa. Sustainable Microfarms suggests hydroponics — growing crops in water instead of soil — as the most effective mode of farming in varying environments with varying resources.“Hydroponics allows people to farm without the environmental constraints that come with soil,” Rajpoot said. “The awesome part is, you can control what is put into the water, all the way down to the sulfur content. You can make food nutritious and organic without worrying about environmental factors ruining your crop.”Depleted soils from overfarming pose a great challenge to industrial agriculture, especially in conjunction with the growing world population. Hydroponics, on the other hand, offers a farming solution that requires 90 percent less water, 70 percent fewer nutrients and anywhere from 10 to 30 times the yield of a conventionally-farmed crop.As a sophomore, Rajpoot was involved in a research project with USC biological sciences assistant professor Myrna Jacobson, which originally sparked his interest in agricultural technology. He later was introduced to General Hydroponics founder Lawrence Brooke, who exposed him to the inner workings of the industry. Rajpoot said he saw hydroponics becoming transformative in the agriculture industry, but that he thought changes would have to be made first — contemporary hydroponic methods were too tedious and costly.“In conventional hydroponics, you have to constantly check the pH and plant food levels in the reservoir; if anything changes, you need to break out the graduated cylinders and remeasure,” Rajpoot said. “We worked on a product that eliminates the need for constant monitoring and dosing.”Rajpoot and his team, including some of his brothers from the fraternity Theta Xi, participated in and won engineering competitions at USC, California Institute of Technology, Yum! Brands and the Dept. of Energy. In addition, the Kairos Society selected the Sustainable Microfarms team for a fellowship, which allowed them to pitch their prototype to high net-worth investors at the New York Stock Exchange, allowing them to grow their network and bankroll themselves as an official corporation.With their newfound capital and connections, Rajpoot and his engineers created the Genesis Controller, a system that comes with preprogrammed algorithms to monitor pH and nutrient levels in hydroponic reservoirs by depositing nutrient solutions. The product, whose inventors boast will ensure that home growers won’t ever again need a chemistry degree to get started in hydroponics, is the first tangible step in Rajpoot’s vision of individualized sustainable farming.After recent success with their Indiegogo fundraiser for the Genesis Controller, which is now in its initial stages of distribution, Sustainable Microfarms is planning to undertake more capital investment ventures to fund large-scale developments for companies such as Amway and Home Town Farms.“Naturally, not everyone will want to or be able to farm at home, so we must cater to large markets as well,” Rajpoot said. “We will raise more funds for engineering and business development to build products to make industrial farming more efficient in terms of water usage.”As for his success in the business world, Rajpoot credits USC with keeping him well-connected and well-rounded.“USC has been a crucial part in my success. I got really lucky because I had an amazing host of mentors while being at USC,” Rajpoot said. “A lot of my time was spent on theoretical work in labs, but I was exposed to both sides of the coin through the Marshall School [of Business].”Several students had positive reviews of Sustainable Microfarms’ goals. If given the chance, Dean Hutkin, a sophomore majoring in computer science and business administration, said he would try his hand at hydroponics at home.“It seems like a really efficient and innovative idea,” Hutkin said. “Like other forward-thinking technologies, such as solar panels, it’ll take some time and effort to get started, but in the end it could really benefit both the impoverished and the everyday person.”Giuseppe Robalino, a sophomore majoring in business administration, also supported the movement and predicted that Sustainable Microfarms will continue to grow.“This is definitely something that, if marketed right, can really pick up steam,” Robalino said. “Even in urban areas like ours, people are starting to go back to the basics and look for healthier, more high-quality and wholesome food choices. It’s a paradigm shift in the making.” Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Charlotte and Kate fly the English flag

first_img Bibby loves the game and wants to make a career out of it. This summer she’s been testing her skills on the English amateur circuit and her results have included qualifying seventh in the English women’s match play and being knocked out only by the eventual champion.  Altogether, nine players beat par with impressive scoring on a dreary day punctuated by frequent showers. They included Thalia Kirby (Harleyford), Harriet Lynch (Thorndon Park) and Mimi Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow). In the U14 championship, Kate Bibby (pictured left) leads the way for England, two off the lead.  Pina Ortega, 14, played in last year’s championship but missed the cut. Today her driver and putter were on good form and she described her round as “Incredible.” Today she had three bogeys and a birdie. “It was ok,” was her verdict. “I could have played better by not missing some silly putts.” Heath’s round was her personal best and included two eagles on par fives. “I was just steady, took my chances when they came and scrambled well when I had to,” said the 15-year-old from Huddersfield (pictured top). She trains with an England U16 regional squad and has already won the 2017 Pleasington Putter, a prestigious women’s scratch event.  Yorkshire’s Charlotte Heath shot four-under par 68 to share the lead after the first round of the English U16 girls’ open championship at Blackmoor, Hampshire.  She’s tied with Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen, while girl internationals Annabell Fuller and Caitlin Whitehead are a stroke behind.  Whitehead (Kendal, Cumbria) came in towards the end of the day with praise for the course. “If you hit it straight and down the middle you can score well. If you don’t it will penalise you, so it’s a fair course.”  8 Aug 2017 Charlotte and Kate fly the English flag Click here for full scores Fuller, 15, (Roehampton) has arrived at this championship fresh from the European Young Masters where she was third overall and helped England win the team championship.  In the companion U14 championship, the lead is held on level par 72 by Ana Pina Ortega, while England’s Kate Bibby shares fourth place on 74. She’s chasing three girls: the leader Pina Ortega and two players on one-over, Andreina D’Angelo of Italy and Elodi Nuvoloni of France.  Hiltunen, 14, was joint runner-up in last year’s U14 championship and hopes to go one better in the U16s – and has brought good form with her, having won the Finnish U16 championship earlier this summer.  She had five birdies in her round today but commented: “I didn’t hit it as well as I normally do, I’m going to go and sort that out, but I did have quite a lot of up and downs and saved a lot of shots by doing that.”  The 13-year-old is Dubai-based and very well-travelled, having also lived in the USA, England and Canada. She took up golf when she was eight, encouraged by her father, whose interest in golf was sparked by his college friend, Matt Kuchar.  She did exactly that today staying out of the heather, holing out well and, along the way, collecting an eagle three on the seventh and back-to-back birdies to finish.  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: English U16 girls’last_img read more