David's father, a returned soldier from the Second World War, won the block in a soldier settler ballot, in the early 1950s. About 300 acres, it fronts the Broken River.
Although in the tree production business for many years, the Rush family joined forces about a year ago with Specialty Trees in Melbourne, to nurture hundreds of thousands of trees on highly fertile alluvial soil that once grew lucerne. Trees range in size from thousands of grafted twigs 100mm tall, currently worth a few dollars, to several dozen heavily lopped 35 to 40 year old olive trees which sell for $25,000 to $30,000 each.
To me, on a preliminary visit, seeing the rows of huge old olive trees, was the highlight.
I will take my car on Tuesday and can take four people with me. Can we meet outside the Senior Cits on Tuesday at 9.45 and organise transport with those who are prepared to take others with them?