Good Energy means being a good neighbour

This season’s crop was sold into the local feedlot market

It’s late afternoon in October 2018, and ‘Monreagh’ – an 1100-hectare property south-west of Chinchilla – is alive with activity.

There’s a wheat crop to get in.

Patchy morning showers mean the headers will be busy until after sunset, harvesting once the crop has dried out sufficiently.

It was barley last year, and as always, the crop will be harvested by local famers and sold within the local community.

We’re an energy company and to find, produce and generate energy for our customers means we need to operate, in some cases, in farming communities.

We believe it’s important to be a good neighbour and part of the local community. It also means doing what we do well, like running a gas business, and recognising that others are really good at what they do too – like farming.

Over the years, Monreagh ran cattle and grew fodder crops like wheat and barley – it was a dry land farm, relying on seasonal rain.

Origin purchased the property in 2011 to build a large irrigation dam (approx. 1,800 ML) for a beneficial water use program. Nearby farmers have been using this water to supply centre-pivot irrigation systems on their cropping properties. 

When we need to purchase land to locate major pieces of infrastructure, like dams or gas processing facilities, we know the value of maintaining productive properties and how this is best achieved by employing the expertise of local people.

So that’s what we do – and this is how well it works!

Monreagh is one of about a dozen nearby properties owned by Origin that remain productive and where we use local contractors and workers.

They run cattle, grow mixed crops and look after things like weed management, maintaining fences and fire-breaks, and ensuring the land remains in good condition.

By listening to farmers, we learned these were important parts of being a good neighbour.

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