Duncan Group commenced farming operations in Clackline in December 2000.
The property had been used partially for sheep grazing, so considerable reconstruction was required to make it suited for olive growing. Initially macadamia nut trees were planted, but severe conditions in the winter of 2001 killed 96% of the young trees.
In May 2002 we began plantings olive trees. By May 2003 there were 500 trees planted.
By April 2004 the final plantings from the initial purchase was complete. The complete total of 620 trees were in the ground, six kilometres of irrigation had been laid to provide water to each of them, firebreaks and access roads were built and the grove was ready to mature to production stage.
Extensions to the grove in early 2008, including the purchase of additional trees, meant that by July 2008 there were 840 trees planted.
A winter runoff-fed dam on the property has been deepened and equipped with pumping facilities to provide watering to the grove during summer months. A water tanker and reticulated scheme water act as backup water supplies in case the dam runs dry, both connectable directly into the irrigation system.
For a historical perspective, the following series of aerial photographs illustrate the changes to the property over the years.
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