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TAS Country : February 16th 2012
14 Friday, Febru Farm Feature Rivers Edge Looking for an extra revenue stream for their farm, this forward-thinking trio turned to eco-tourism, with stunning results, writes ROGER HANSON REVENUE STREAM: Trudi O'May, who helped create t Natural haven is just magic HARD WORK REWARDED: Trudi O'May and Malcolm Smith ALLOW your imagination to take over and magic can happen. Trudi O'May, her brother Mark and Trudi's partner, Malcolm Smith, peeled off a piece of the O'May working farm at Lonnavale, south of Huonville, in southern Tasmania, to create an extra revenue stream for the farm by launching an eco-tourism venture. They created a bush haven by turning an unproductive section of the farm, riddled with blackberries, but blessed with a beautiful setting, into the Rivers Edge Wilderness Camping and RV ground. Using their imagination, and with a lot of hard work, they have created a piece of heaven and a extra source of income for the farm. Trudi along with Malcolm, who is a builder, manage and maintain the camping ground, while Mark man- ages the 2000ha farm. The O'Mays' farm is mainly beef with sheep and mixed crops. Mark farms 500 head of Angus breeding cows, 100 ewes and grows lucerne for saleable feed. He also grows potato seeds, and leases out a section of the farm which is used for nursery crops, such as fruit trees. Mark says, as a farmer, he needs to always be on the lookout for alternative ways to make an income. ''The campsite is absolutely brilliant, it is good turnover for a very small portion of the farm,'' he said. Mark also has another private campsite on the prop- erty, which is on the banks of the Huon River. However, he only allows community groups to use that site, free of charge. ''Only selected people can use our community spot, such as church groups and the scouts have a big camp coming up soon,'' he said. He said it was important for people to look to local areas and use and eat locally grown products. ''We need to re- duce the level of cheap imports, especially when the same local pro- duce is available,'' he said. ''We need to have a future for our children.'' With the campsite on the edge of the babbling Russell River at Lonnavale, the family has created a remarkably peaceful camping ground set in pictur- esque surroundings. Entering the sheltered camping ground, surrounded by hills, with its gentle rustling eucalypts and any tensions just wash away. The O'Mays used to visit the area when they were children for family picnics and camping. ''I always thought it was a great camping area, and would be even better once tidied up,'' Mark said ''However, because of time re- straints of me working the farm I couldn't develop its potential.'' This gave Trudi and Malcolm the opportunity to step in, and with plenty of sweat and hard work they have transformed a 10ha section of the farm into a haven. Trudi said when she and Malcolm started the project the whole area was covered in blackberries. When the paddock was initially cleared years ago, the logs and stumps were just pushed into piles near the river bank. So it was cleaned up with an excavator and re-sown with grass, which is now neatly mowed. ''The beauty of this place was already here, all we did was just upgrade it,'' Malcolm said. ''It was a bit of a mess, but Trudi and I saw the opportunity to work at it to make it the delight it is today by giving campers what they want the most -- space and tranquillity. ''The hard work has been really worthwhile, it was a great thing to do, and the people that visit us really appreciate what we have done here which just inspires us to improve.''
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