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Families top sale trends

Clockwise: Top sales of 2016 included “Ferndale”, Cootamundra; “Durham Court”, Manilla; “Glen Alice”, Capertee Valley; and “Kincora”, Gundagai. THE bulk of the sales activity in 2016 was been between established family farming interests – predominantly between vendors retiring, downsizing or changing tack, and buyers (usually from the same district) seizing expansion opportunities.
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Several significant sales this year were re-offerings of properties previously listed without result several years ago.

A shortage of listings, coupled with a general lift in farm profitability and a pervading mood of confidence in agribusiness as an investment, forced buyers to revise their thinking about values.

Improved grazing country in the safer rainfall areas, which for several years past has been trading in a range of $1000 to $1500 an acre, is now fetching anywhere from $1500-$2500/ac, and in ultra-favoured areas, more than $4000/ac.

This has pushed up sheep area values on the Slopes and Tablelands from the low $300s a DSE to around $400/DSE, and cattle country values in favoured breeding areas to as much as $8000/cow area.

In the Western Division, according to David Russell of Landmark Russell, Cobar, some properties sold this year have doubled in value in five years.

Apart from the seasonal factor, and improved markets for wool, sheep and cattle, he said demand had been boosted by record prices for goats, and by graziers seeking more country to offset land they had locked up for carbon credits.

While demand is outpacing supply for neighbour-to-neighbour farms and corporate-size holdings, there remains a “slow spot” in the market, according to agent Chris Meares of Meares and Associates.He said properties valued at anywhere up to $5m were being snapped up generally by established farmers, and properties or aggregations above $10m attracted corporate or institutional interest.

“It’s the properties in between that can be difficult to sell, being too big for the farm-build-up buyer and too small for the corporates,” he said.

“With grazing properties, the corporate and institutional investors ideally want a spread that will carry 2000 cows or 30,000DSE.”

A recent example of the strength of demand at the other end of the scale was the offering by Meares and Associates earlier this month of“Mirrabooka”, a 238ha grazing property near Taralga.

Of the 20 prospective buyers who inspected the property, 10 were established property owners (mostly local) and 10 were city-based investors. The property sold for$1.4m which was $250,000 above the reserve.

City buyers are also showing renewed interest in lifestyle farms, according to David Nolan of Webster Nolan Real Estate, who said this market segment had “gone off the boil” for several years amid negative vibes coming out of the country.

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Teams in fine form

IT was a day of big wins in the latest round of the Shoalhaven District Junior Cricket Association’s under 12s competition and several teams were in slashing form.
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Caleb Patterson fields strongly for North Nowra Cambewarra recently

Shoalhaven Heads Berry produced a strong all round performance to overcome Nowra White at Lyrebird Sports Park Number Two.

Berry batted first and its 1/191 was always going to be hard to chase and the Whites could only manage 42 runs in reply.

Most of the Berry top order clicked into gear and had the ball going to all parts of the ground.

Berry opener Harry McAlister was particularly aggressive and his 32 runs included two sixes and two boundaries.

Max Carr-McCarron 16 runs, Jack Hinkley 16 runs, Tom Fletcher 22 runs, Cooper Bramley 16 runs, Patrick Higgins 28 runs and Thomas Hodgkins 17 runs all timed the ball strongly.

William Dyball was the only wicket taker for the Whites.

William, to cap off a great match, top scored for the Whites with seven runs.

Tom Fletcher and Noah Borg lead the way with the ball for Berry with two wickets apiece.

North Nowra Cambewarra Blues v North Nowra Cambewarra Maroons

With bragging rights up for grabs the North Nowra Cambewarra Blues versus North Nowra Cambewarra Maroons match at Bernie Regan Number Two was alwaysgoing to be a keenly contested encounter.

The Maroons ended up winning the match by 91 runs but the Blues did produce some quality efforts during the match.

The Maroons batted first and put on an imposing 2/152 runs on the scoreboard and in reply the Blues made 8/61.

Lucas Zerafa led the way with the ball for the Maroons with an unbeaten 37 runs which included an impressive seven boundaries.

Emily Burinaga 14 runs, Micah Edwards 13 runs and Hayden Batson 13 runs all enjoyed time in the middle.

Jake Bogan and Ian Hearne took the wickets for the Blues.

The tenacious Fergus Priest produced an outstanding effort with the bat for the Blues and produced a fighting 16 run effort with the bat.

Caleb Portors with two wickets was the leading bowler for the Maroons.

Batemans Bay v Ulladulla United at McKay Park

Batemans Bay recorded a big win over Ulladulla United when they clashed at McKay Park on Saturday.

The home side was sent into bat, made 5/150 and then went onto contain Ulladulla to 5/49 in what was a strong performance.

The dangerous Bailey Brady top scored for the Bay with an aggressive 37 runs which included five boundaries.

Lachlan Malcolm also continued his strong form with an unbeaten 30 runs, while Mark Tuckwell chipped in with 13 runs.

Ryan Gilkes with two wickets was the leading bowler for United.

Harrison Fairs with nine runs was the highest scorer for United

Meanwhile, Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s recorded a strong win over Nowra Green at Lyrebird Sports Park Number One.

Exservos made 100 runs in its innings and the Greens were all out for 50 runs.

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Elf on the shelf 2016Photos

Elf on the shelf 2016 | Photos Todd has been extremely busy this festive season bringing joy to Mark and Troy. Every morning they run around trying to find what he has been up to over night. Sometimes he is a good boy and sometimes not so good. The effort is worth the smile and seeing the joy of Christmas in the little people. – Simone.
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Todd has been extremely busy this festive season bringing joy to Mark and Troy. Every morning they run around trying to find what he has been up to over night. Sometimes he is a good boy and sometimes not so good. The effort is worth the smile and seeing the joy of Christmas in the little people. – Simone.

Todd has been extremely busy this festive season bringing joy to Mark and Troy. Every morning they run around trying to find what he has been up to over night. Sometimes he is a good boy and sometimes not so good. The effort is worth the smile and seeing the joy of Christmas in the little people. – Simone.

Todd has been extremely busy this festive season bringing joy to Mark and Troy. Every morning they run around trying to find what he has been up to over night. Sometimes he is a good boy and sometimes not so good. The effort is worth the smile and seeing the joy of Christmas in the little people. – Simone.

Photo: Katherine MacDonald

Photo: Katherine MacDonald

Photo: Katherine MacDonald

Photo: Katherine MacDonald

Photo: Katherine MacDonald

Photo: Katherine MacDonald

Photo: Katherine MacDonald

Photo: Katherine MacDonald

Amy Burch said “the crazy antics of our elf – Sprinkles brings an infusion of laughter into our home every morning. His pranks delighted our 3 boys Zac, 10, Ethan, 7, and Rheece, 4.”

Amy Burch said “the crazy antics of our elf – Sprinkles brings an infusion of laughter into our home every morning. His pranks delighted our 3 boys Zac, 10, Ethan, 7, and Rheece, 4.”

Amy Burch said “the crazy antics of our elf – Sprinkles brings an infusion of laughter into our home every morning. His pranks delighted our 3 boys Zac, 10, Ethan, 7, and Rheece, 4.”

Amy Burch said “the crazy antics of our elf – Sprinkles brings an infusion of laughter into our home every morning. His pranks delighted our 3 boys Zac, 10, Ethan, 7, and Rheece, 4.”

Amy Burch said “the crazy antics of our elf – Sprinkles brings an infusion of laughter into our home every morning. His pranks delighted our 3 boys Zac, 10, Ethan, 7, and Rheece, 4.”

Amy Thomson said “our little elf Chipee has visited my son for his birthday! Seth loves finding our elf every morning.”

Amanda Ronald’s real life elf.

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Drug supply chain busted with pleas

A CANNABIS supply chain involving a man buying the prohibited drug atYass and on-selling it in Wagga and Forbes has been busted with the central figure pleading guilty to three chargescovering multiple offences.
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Louis Foster, 22, lodged his pleas in Wagga Local Court this week and will be sentenced in the District Court early next year.

Foster admitted peddling cannabis worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in over several months until his arrest in March.

Police last December began a special operation called Strike Force Jokic to get evidence ofFoster’s suspected drug activities.

They monitored drug transactions throughout the first two months of the year until his arrest on March 4.

Through covert surveillance they established Fosterbought cannabis in nine kilogram parcels at Yass and distributed it through a network of drug runners.

Some cannabis was sold in Forbes for up to $10,750 for 1.3kg a time, but Foster also sold smaller amounts of the drug in Wagga shopping centres and other public places.

Foster pleaded guilty to one count of supplying a prohibited drug greater than the commercial quantity and one count of supplying cannabis greater than the indictable quantity but less than the commercial quantity.

He also admitted to a charge of supplying the drug ice greater than the indictable quantity.

In relation to that charge, it is alleged Foster planned to buy cocaine, but was given 28 grams of ice by error.

It is alleged Fosterthen arranged to give the ice back to his supplier in exchange for cocaine.

Foster is on bail while waiting sentence.

After accepting Foster’s pleas, magistrate Erin Kennedy ordered a pre-sentence report to help the District Court judge frame a sentence.

The case is listed for sentence at the sittings beginning February 27.

Earlier this year, Foster pleaded guilty to driving with an illegal drug in his bloodstream.

He was stopped by Highway and Traffic police on January 28.

Two other people in the network have been dealt with by the courts.

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When the gift has fur

Every Christmas I get asked the same question, “How are you going to cope with all the unwanted animals as gifts being surrendered to the shelter?”
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WRAP IT UP: If you want to give a pet, consider an RSPCA ACT voucher so your loved one can choose a furry friend themselves, such as sweet Swan, who is available for adoption now.

There’s a longstanding belief that pets that aren’t chosen specifically by their new owners (iegiven as gifts) are less valued than those that are.

Based on our experience at the shelter, I would completely disagree with this belief.

Furthermore, there have been multiple studies around the world that have shown that the amount of love and care that a person gives to a pet is not directly correlated to either the method for how the animal came into their lives or the amount of money they spent on it.

Some studies actually suggest that a ‘double bond’can be obtained when a pet is given as a present with the second bond related to the personal emotions attached to the gift giver.

While the shelter is indeed full and the number of animals in care will continue to increase over the holiday season, very few are coming in as unwanted gifts.

So, we are actively suggesting that pets can be great Christmas gifts if the giver keeps a few things in mind:

It’s important that the receiver has already expressed a strong desire for a pet.Ensure that they have the ability to be a responsible pet owner for not only that species and breed, but also for the animal’s individual needs.There’s no sense in getting them a high energy working dog if they live in a tiny apartment and work 50 hours a week.If they have other pets, it’s important that the animals meet before adopting a new family member. Animal personalities range just like humans which mean that some animals just won’t get along.We recommend buying them a gift voucher at RSPCA ACT to adopt a pet rather than purchasing an animal on their behalf. This allows them to find a companion that they will form a lifelong bond with.Remember: it’s okay to give them a pet as a gift – but not as a surprise.

You can visit our adoption website (梧桐夜网adoptapet南京夜网419论坛) to see what type of animals we have available.

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At-risk Tassie teens ‘targets’

At-risk Tasmanian teenagers are engaging in concerning behaviours and being “targeted”by predatory older people, a Launceston service says.
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Launceston Young Women’s Service Karinya wrote young teenagers were falling through the cracks and enteringrisky situations in the Shelter Tasmania Annual Report 2016.

The service provides crisis accommodation to young women aged between 13 and 20.

A Karinya spokesperson said young women who did not have access to ongoing support orincome, particularly those aged under 16, frequently felt forced to couch surfin inappropriate environments andparticipated in low level criminal activity to attain money.

“[They] become beholden to inappropriate people who offer to ‘help’ them,” the Karinya spokesperson said.

“They also can become the targets for organised petty crime groups who recruit them to become involved in return for somewhere to stay, and food,” they said.

Theysaid younger females seeking stability also entered into relationships with older males.

“None of these situations are okay and all put them at risk, from others and from themselves via the inappropriate and misinformed choices they sometimes make,” they said.

Karinya in the annual report wroteteenagers aged between 13 and 15 were “not seen as a priority for Child Protection but are also not eligible for support from other support services”.

Launceston non-for-profitYouth Futures, which provides services including crisis accommodation for young men,wrote in Shelter Tasmania’s report that the service’s clients dealt with low levels of literacy.

“This year we have experienced greater levels of unpredictable behaviours, paranoia and depression,” Youth Futures reported.

Shelter Tasmania executive officer Pattie Chugg said there was “not enough emergency accommodation” for vulnerable Tasmanian teenagers.

“This is a crucial issue …children in this age group are not adequately protected as the system is currently designed,” Ms Chugg said.

Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma said the state government was developing a strategy for at-risk youths which would be completed in 2017. She said the strategy wouldlook at youth struggling with issues including homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol issues.

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Ambos’ missed breaks increase

Overtime payments to Tasmanian paramedics for missed meal breaks grew to 12,750 worth$255,000 in the 2015-16 financial year.
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The cost increased from 11,414 missed break payments worth a total of$228,280 the year before.

Paramedics who were not able to take meal breaks within a certain time becausethey hadbeen called to an emergency were paid an allowance. Health Minister Michael Ferguson said the allowance was “in accordance with award provisions and Ambulance Tasmania’s Meal Break Policy”.

The 2015-16 meal break overtime data was detailed in Right to Information documents released on Thursday.

The most recent data in the document showed there were 1077 overtime payments worth $21,540 made statewide in June 2016.

Despite an increase demonstrated in the documents, Mr Ferguson said the data showed the rate of missed meal breaks for paramedics continued to “trend down”.

“[The 2015-16 data] is an improvement compared to 2012-13 …when paramedics missed 13,739 meal breaks at a cost of $137,384,” he said.

“The reason that costs have increased is because the missed meal break allowance was increased as part of the 2013 Enterprise Bargaining Agreement,” he said.

Health and Community Services Union state secretary Tim Jacobson said the situation would improve due to new provisions, which meantif paramedics didn’t have a break within a certain time-frame theywouldonly be dispatched to highest-prioritycases,in the Ambulance Tasmania agreementfinalised in August 2016.

“We’re unable, at this point, to determine exactly what impact the new arrangement hashad, but [it’s] safe to say it does appear many paramedics are getting their breaks now, and they weren’t before,” Mr Jacobsonsaid.

He said the figures in the RTIdocuments were “not surprising”. Mr Jacobson said anecdotal evidence indicatedintense caseloadscontributed to missed breaks.

Mr Ferguson said the state government would continue to work to get the best outcomes for paramedics.

“Since coming to government we have funded 20 additional paramedics, begun a review into increasing paramedics’ scope of practice under our Patients First Action Plan, provided additional anti-violence training and introduced a Bill for mandatory minimum sentences for serious assaults,” Mr Ferguson said.

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Students share their wishlists

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Students from KimbaArea School shared their Christmas wishes in a range of letters addressed to Santa.

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Cowell Home Timber and HardwareCleve Hotel MotelBrumfield ElectronicsCleve 4WD and CampingCowell Pumbing and GasCleve NewsagencyDistrict Council of KimbaCleve Auto RepairsCL and ME MiltonDistrict Council of CleveEastern Eyre MachineryGifted at CleveDear Santa,I have been extremely good this year. For Christmas, can I please have a mini iPad, a Notebook and a packet of sight words? Please. From Kat Jericho

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year. For Christmas, can I please have a tonka truck? From Jamie Milton

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year. For Christmas, canI please have a bike. From Agambir Atwal

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year. For Christmas, can I please have a DS, A fast costume and an interactive whiteboard. From Riley Hunt

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have a motocross car, pencil case, some paint and a motorbike. FromJesse Hannah

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have a blow up pool. From James Zibell

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have motorbike stuff please, hot wheels car, big motorbike stickers, swimming pool. From Bailey Venning

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have hot wheels. From Emerson Vandeleur

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have a swimming pool. From Summer McGilvray

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have a big bad of Shopkins. From Stacey Major

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have a walking dog and kitty cat with a fish and a baby that does real poos and wees. From Mahli Harris

Dear Santa, I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have a motorbike? From Kobe Macklin

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have a motorbike and a bogey board. From Jayden Koch

Dear Santa,I have been extremely good this year.For Christmas, canI please have a swimming pool and 3D DS. From Samuel Fitzgerald

Dear Santa,I live on Steven Street. I have one big sister, Charlie, and a little sister, Mia. Mum is having another baby, I think it is a girl but want a boy. We are going to the beach for Christmas. Can I please have a trumpet, DS, go cart, electric toothbrush, and an iPod. From Jayla Arcus

Dear Santa, for Christmas this year can I please have a Lego fire station aleap pad. From Zack Murdock

Dear Santa, I love to watch televisionbut when there are no shows on I play with my Lego. For Christmas, can I please have enough Lego to build a city of Lego. From Ella Hunt

Dear Santa, I have two brothers, their names are Saxon and he is eightand Henry is four. He has Cerebral Palsy. CanI please get a horse? I live in Buckleboo.I will be at my house for Christmas. If you don’t get me a horse, it’s okay. Then can you please get me what ever you want to get me. FromMercedes Larwood

Dear Santa, for Christmas this year please may I have a skate board, a Furbie, 3DS, a selfie mic and a leap pad? From Millie Dickenson

Dear Santa, my favourite sport is football. Can I please have a surfboard, Fitbit, $100,000, an electric scooter and a basketball? From Saige Vandeleur

Dear Santa,I have a brother and a sister. I love football. I would like a motorbike, a toy spider, a moving toy snake or a trampoline. Have I been good? From Occy Scott.

Dear Santa,I have a sister and two brothers and mum and dad. Has Rudolph been good this year? Can I please have a yo-yo, Lego, a Furbie and DS. From Jayde Matthews

Dear Santa,my favourite sport is Tennis. I am going to the beach. I have a brother and sister. This year can I please have a puppy, a furbie, a DS, a flute and a keyboard? I hope you have a great Christmas. From Asha Mayfield

Dear Santa, please can I have a DS, an iPad, and an iPod for Christmas? I hope you have a lovely Christmas. From Jett Kenchington

Dear Santa,my favourite colours arepink and purple. For Christmas this year I would like a toy cat and a real dog. Are you awake at night doing presents and sleep at day time? From Alex Redden

Dear Santa, my house is in the bush. I have two sisters, a mum and dad. I love animals. My mum and dad are ecologist. For Christmas I am going to stay in Adelaide, where my family live. For Christmas this year, I would really like a book, a Fitbit and some chocolate. What are you going to do after you deliver the presents? From Jarrah Moseby Read

Dear Santa,I live in Kimba. I have two brothers, one sister, one mum and one dad. For Christmas this year I would like some $50 notes, some $5and some $10,some more textas, some Port Power stuff, a motorbike, a bookshelf, clock and a whiteboard. I would also like some $100 notes, some cents and some making stuff. From Airlee Jade Seal

Dear Santa,I have one brother and twosisters. ForChristmas, can I please have Shopkins and a ukulele and some Lego? From Felicity Harradine

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A collection of letters sent to the North Pole

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Students from Cowell Area School shared their Christmas wishes in a range of letters addressed to Santa.

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Cowell Home Timber and HardwareCleve Hotel MotelBrumfield ElectronicsCleve 4WD and CampingCowell Pumbing and GasCleve NewsagencyDistrict Council of KimbaCleve Auto RepairsCL and ME MiltonDistrict Council of CleveEastern Eyre MachineryGifted at CleveDear Santa, can I please have Crows everything that you wear and can I please have Bulldogs everything and a remote control car and scooter. From Taj Crettenden

Dear Santa, I want a scooter and I want a skateboard.From Zoe Flavel

Dear Santa, I would like some cars from Santa. Merry Christmas.From Chase Piggott

Dear Santa, I would like a robot kitten please. From Ava Walsh

Dear Santa, I would like some Lego for Christmas. I would like a transformer. From Will Schultz

Dear Santa, I want please a remote control car and please can I have a toy car that has wheels. Merry Christmas.From Kalan Russell

Dear Santa, can I please have a toy cat. From Scarlett Martin

Dear Santa, can you give me some pictures of you? From Caleb Churchett

Dear Santa, can I please have a remote control aeroplane and can I please have some gel pens. From Nevaeh Bates

Dear Santa, can you please give me a puppy and a cat. From Ky Ramsey

Dear Santa, I want a big farmSanta because I want to have a crocodile farm. From Seth James

Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year and I really would like some blue earrings and a life jacket. From Darci Klingberg

Dear Santa, I would like a motorbike. From Riley Roberts

Dear Santa, it was a Christmas night. I was sleeping. I couldn’t wait. Our Christmas tree was glowing because it was Christmas. From Quintin Fisher

Dear Santa, I will want a gun and an iPad and a tool set and a fishing rod. From Casey Beach

Dear Santa, I would like some Lego. From Tyler Kilingberg

Dear Santa, I love you.I wish I could come to your house. From Jan Posthumus

Dear Santa, can I please have a train track. From Liam Iversen

Dear Santa, can I have a lot of earrings and a computer. From Ella Fiegert

Dear Santa, I want a spell that helps me do karate and a spell that goes into my heart that I can’t see. From Harrie Kuhn

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Property’s bumper year

Corporate investors injected excitement into the market in 2016. In July “Deltroit” at Gundagai, pictured, sold to one of Australia’s biggest landholders, MH Premium Farms, for close to $20 million.AS IT says on many a packet label at the chemist, “just add water”, and the same could be said of the rural property market in 2016. Thanks to the best winter and early spring rains in years across nearly all of eastern Australia, the rural sector has enjoyed a bumper season, providing a timely boost to industry confidence.
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Coupled with strong rises in most farm commodity prices (with the notable exception of cereal grains), and the replenishment of key water storages, this confidence boost has fed into rural land demand.

At the same time, the much-improved conditions have encouraged many farmers to sit tight and enjoy a much-needed lift in fortunes. The net result has been a year-long shortage of quality farm listings, and an upward pressure on prices for all classes of rural property.

Underpinning the positive outlook is the strength of commodity markets. The upward trend began in 2015, and by the beginning of this year the young cattle market indicator was up by a massive 30pc on year-earlier levels, and maintained that lead for much of 2016. At the same time, wool prices started the year some 20pc higher than 12 months earlier (and closed about 11pc higher), while markets for sheep and lambs have remained strong all year.

Against this backdrop, rural land prices have undergone a dramatic catch-up, rising generally by 15 to 20pc across the board (and more in places), following nearly a decade of stagnation.

LAND VALUES SOARThe trends are evident from Landmark Harcourt’s latest “Benchmark” property review. This shows sales of agricultural properties in the 40-100ha, 100-1000ha and above-1000ha categories all declined in volume by about 5pc, while average values rose by 10.4pc, 12.3pc and 36pc respectively (to $400,000, $600,000 and $1.38m).

And these figures apply only to the 12 months ended August 2016, which means they exclude the bumper spring selling season just past, when values took a further lift.

All property agents contacted by The Land reported a shortage of listings, particularly listings of well-located, well-managed farms with good infrastructure.

And while demand from offshore and institutional or corporate investors remains strong, agents say the driving force in the market in 2016 has been established farmers seeking expansion.

A major reason for this, according to Webster Nolan Real Estate principal David Nolan, has been a widespread move “back home” by farmers’ sons and daughters who followed the mining boom while farm returns were depressed.

Chris Meares of Meares and Associates says another factor has been the more accommodating attitude of the banks, thanks mainly to the upturn in farm earnings and the consequent lift in yield on loans.

Also influencing the supply/demand balance has been the virtual drying-up of the forced receiver sales which have accounted for many listings in recent years. Landmark Harcourt’s Sydney-based corporate sales manager, Phil Rourke, typically handled at least six such sales in past years under receivers’ instructions, but this year only one.

At the same time, he said local and offshore institutions were looking more favourably on agribusiness investment as a result of our historically low interest rates, and a more favourable exchange rate.

Agents are generally upbeat about 2017 and confident of the present improved values being maintained, if not exceeded. Mr Rourke said given the fact that rural land values tended to post annual capital growth of 7-8pc over the long term, there was still potential upside in the market.

He said until this year, capital growth had been minimal since 2007, so even though values for grazing land might have risen by 15-20pc in 2016, and cropland by around 15pc, the market was still playing catch-up.

Chris Meares said rural commodity prices would underpinfuture land price moves, as these would determine bank lending policies, and in turn land values.

TOP END DEALSWhile property sales in 2016 have provided many highlights, there were relatively few– in NSW at least – “signature” properties sold. Most of the big ticket activity was in the Top End, where onshore investors have driven most of the action.

Apart from the much-publicised sale of the Kidman empire to the Gina Rinehart-controlled Australian Outback Beef syndicate, there was the Queensland Investment Corporation’s purchase of an 80pc stake in Northern Australian Cattle Company, and Kimberley acquisitions by Kerry Stokes.

The biggest rural land sales in NSW mostly occurred “under the radar”, led by the Chinese-owned Rifa Salutary’s $80 million-plus purchases of“Cooplacurripa”in the Manning Valley and multiple-property aggregations at Warialda and Nundle.

Paraway Pastoral went on a buying spree in northern NSW with the purchases of“Aberbaldie”at Walcha, and in the Inverell district three properties at Graman now badgedBurmah Station, and the former Sundown Pastoral properties“Newstead”and“Paradise”.

Other significant corporate sales were the 10,000ha slice of Greentree Farming’s“Milton Downs”at Bellata to US-owned Westchester group, reportedly for $50m, and the $20m sale of “Deltroit”at Gundagai, to MH Premium Farms.

The 11,000haGlenrowan Aggregationof 16 properties at Gunnedah has also sold. Marketed by Elders for the Reid family’s down-sizing Minnamurra Pastoral Company, it was expected to attract offers in a range of $30-$40m.

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