Goon Clean Up Crew for Hire

Need help cleaning up after the storm? We have a local crew that can help.
Tree removal and clearing
Building repair
Drive way grading
Clearing fire trails
We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. As you can imagine we are pretty swamped visiting folks and organising crews to get the work done. Here are a couple of photos I took yesterday on Mill Rd. Making an emergency firewood delivery in the 4WD tractor. The 4 in 1 bucket came in handy lifting the wood to the deck.

Contact Greg Cromwell
[email protected]

Eureka Property For Sale- 1 Taylors Rd

img07327Here is a property that caught my eye. Taylors Road in Eureka is one of the best addresses in the Byron Shire. So many properties in this area are being fixed up beyond their former glory. Here is a link to a real deal if you don’t have a million dollars.
* 21.5 acres
* Town water & creek
* 3 bedroom dwelling / potential granny flat with income
* Over 4,000 rainforest species surrounding Stony Creek
* Near level elevated building site
* Fantastic Byron Hinterland views
* 20 minutes to Byron Bay

Cromwell Farms

Cromwell FarmsIf you are thinking about having a go at self sufficiency you might want to pay a visit to the Crowmell’s at the end of Sheaffes Rd in Goonengerry. Alison, Greg and their daughters have gone from strength to strength with their start up heritage breeding operation. Three years ago they started with Four Dexter Cattle and today their Dexter herd has grown to over 30 pure bred and Dexter Crosses. A year ago the Cromwell’s bought a few registered purebred Large Black Pigs and have successfully sold all their piglets. On the poultry front they are raising Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons.

For more information visit the or contact Greg on 0447755440

Blackcrest Coffee

black-crestOne of Goonengerry’s best kept secrets is Black Crest Coffee. You won’t find a website (yet) but if you want to find the folks behind this great coffee brand here are some contact details I have chased up.
Phone 02 66849392
[email protected]
PO Box 971 Byron Bay
Look for them at the Byron Bay Market and the Channon.

16 Mill Rd Sold

The Cromwell Farm on Mill Road has sold and Rainforest Rescue has been given a percentage of the sale as promised. Pictured below is Kelvin Davies the founder of Rainforest Rescue getting a cheque from Nicolette from Unique Estates. They are joined by an elated Greg Cromwell and the handsome Bogart Cromwell.

Farmer donates to rescue group

Mel Mcmillan | 17th August 2010–Northern Star

GOONENGERRY farmer Gary Cromwell will donate a percentage of the  proceeds from the sale of his farm to the Mullumbimby-based Rainforest  Rescue.Grateful: Goonengerry man Greg Cromwell and Rainforest Rescue founder Kelvin Davies at Mr Cromwell’s property. Mr Cromwell will donate part of the proceeds from its sale to Rainforest Rescue.

GOONENGERRY farmer Greg Cromwell will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of his farm to the Mullumbimby-based Rainforest Rescue.
The donation is an acknowledgment of the importance of the organisation’s work on his Mill Road property, Mr Cromwell said.
“They helped us regenerate our property and I wanted to acknowledge their contribution,” he said.
The biodiverse 25-hectare property is a wildlife corridor to nearby forests.
Mr Cromwell said he hoped the donation would motivate potential purchasers to look at what had been achieved on the property.
Rainforest Rescue chief executive Kelvin Davies said the organisation had planted more than 100,000 trees on the Northern Rivers.
“Our projects re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs, as well as purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforest and preserving biodiversity,” Mr Davies said.
The real estate agents selling the property, Unique Estate and George and Fuhrmann Bangalow, will also donate money to Rainforest Rescue when the property sells.
Rainforest Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and overseas since 1998.
The organisation is currently involved in rainforest projects in Ecuador, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and a number of projects in Australia.
The organisation is also partner for the Big Scrub Restoration Project.
There will be a Big Scrub Rainforest Day at Alstonville on September 5, an information day about planting trees and tackling weeds. For more information contact the Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group on 6687 1143.
For more information visit
There will be an open house at 16 Mill Rd on Sunday August 22nd starting at 10 am. Rainforest Rescue founder Kelvin Davies will be touring the property and answering questions about Rainforest Regeneration.

Goonengerry Real Estate in high demand

Goonengerry? Where’s that? Doesn’t seem so long ago that you could feel pretty safe in letting people know you live in Goonengerry and feel comfortable that they would not know where that was or ever worry about them coming out into the hills to find you. Well it seems the secret is out about our little hide away high in the Byron Bay hinterland and Goonengerry real estate is now in high demand. It’s hard to find a property tucked in our hills for less them a ‘mill’ nowadays.
Last month Unique Estates sold one of our jewels “Emerald Valley” on Jaretts road for several million. Right now just around the corner in Federal you can buy Yarraga, a century farm for just under 4 million from Unique Estates too. If you don’t have a cool million stashed away there are still properties available with price tags under 7 figures. GNF Real Estate will be putting up the famous Dome Home for sale in mid-July. They also have a great 10 acre property on 16 Mill Road with well over a million dollars invested into has just been reduced in price to $860,000.

Unique Goonengerry Property Sold


One of the many hidden property treasures in Goonengerry has sold thanks to the work of Nicolette van Wijngaarden and her team at Unique Estates Byron’s premier high end real estate agencies.
Emerald Valley Villa which was listed for offers around the 7 million dollar figure has recently sold and this is confirms that the Real Estate market at the top end is selling well in the Byron Hinterland.
If you are interested in buying, selling or renting a luxury real estate in the Byron Hinterland check out what is on offer at Unique Estates.

Livestock Health Report

Three-Dexters-WEBIn December the North Coast LHPA carried out 38 property visits and answered 102 animal health phone enquiries.  The Authority attended 16 cattle sales and signed 45 export, property or movement certificates.   Media releases included buffalo fly and blue green algae.  Assistance was given for a producer survey being done on Theileriosis and in the development of a Hendra flowchart for private vets. 


Significant disease testing

Significant disease testing in this period included Hendra (4), Bovine Johnes Disease (9), and Theileria (7).  One animal was found positive for Bovine Johnes Disease.  Three cases of Theileriosis were diagnosed in Cudgera Creek, Brooklana and Dorrigo.  All other testing was negative.

Theileria is an emerging disease from bush ticks.   More information found at:


Make sure you report any unusual symptoms in your livestock.  Exotic or emerging livestock disease can severely damage trade, human health, your production and many parts of the economy.   Effective surveillance for notifiable diseases is essential.   If you suspect a notifiable disease contact your local LHPA office or the Emergency Disease Hotline 1800 675 888More information:


 Buffalo Fly

Heavy numbers of buffalo fly are being reported and large numbers of ear tags being bought from rural stores.   Consider carefully what products or methods work best for you.  Cost, safety for you and the cattle, ease of application and previous product use on your property are important factors to consider.  Ear tags put in now need to be removed in May to avoid resistance problems.  If you want some unbiased advice contact an LHPA office. 




3 day sickness

There have been some clinical reports of possible 3 day sickness but no positive laboratory results reported as of 18/1/2010.  Consider 3 day sickness in down cattle over next few months.   At the moment you can still have free tests covered by the Government to establish the first cases for the region.   Please contact your private vet or LHPA if you have down cattle and you suspect 3 day sickness. 

Worm Alert Small Ruminants and Alpacas

Be alert for possibility of severe barber’s pole outbreaks in goats, sheep and alpaca following recent rains and hot weather after dry period.  Prevention relies on reducing pasture contamination and worm pick up.  Do not set stock in one paddock.  Consider also pasture management to ensure that feed is not grazed too low, rotating paddocks that sheep or goats graze with cattle, supplementary feed (hay in racks is preferable) to reduce reliance on pasture.   Drench in late spring to minimise pasture contamination and prevent build up of worm numbers early in the worms’ season.     Other drenching will also be needed as advised.    Good general nutrition is important for a strong immune system and resilience against worms.  A program must not rely on drenching alone.  Because of its ability to recontaminate pasture very quickly, drenching frequently in the face of high pasture contamination is doomed to fail. Resistance has now developed to most if not all the drench groups. Drenching frequently only hastens this.    Monitoring for barbers pole worm by FECs and the new Haemonchus dipstick test kit is recommended for all sheep, goat and alpaca producers on the North Coast.  The FEC kits can be ordered from the EMAI laboratory or LHPA office and the dipstick kits through rural stores.   You can seek further advice from the LHPA for a worm control program and use of monitoring tools.


Mineral Deficiencies

Much of the North Coast is deficient in Selenium and Copper.   For example, in December selenium and copper deficiency was detected at Clarenza and a disease from copper deficiency called enzootic ataxia was diagnosed last month in a young Murwillumbah goat.  However care must be taken in giving copper supplementation to sheep and goats.  Overdosage can lead to copper toxicity and death.    The dosages suggested in some books are too high.   It is safest to get a vet to test stock first and if deficiency confirmed use slow release products.  The North Coast LHPA is interested in making a map that better defines copper and selenium deficient areas of the North Coast.  If you have any data please contact Keith Newby in the Grafton office. 


Pestivirus, Pneumonia and Farm Biosecuirty

Pestivirus  can cause a range of problems in cattle herds.  It can cause illthrift in calves, fertility problems, abortion and encourage disease such as pneumonia.  In December pneumonia in pasture based animals occurred in Cudgera Creek and Rosebank.    Mucosal disease caused by pestivirus was diagnosed in Bangalow.    If you suspect pestivirus is causing problems in your herd testing and control programs such as vaccination are available.    Take care when introducing new animals and maintain good fencing.  Most disease arrives on the back of a truck or over the neighbours fence.   Make your farm have good biosecurity.   If you want help thinking about biosecurity see: or contact your local LHPA office. 



Vibriosis was once again diagnosed in unvaccinated herds in Casino and Grafton regions.   Vibriosis remains one of the most common causes of infertility on North Coast because of a continued poor uptake of vaccination.   Bulls need to be vaccinated twice 4-6 weeks before they enter breeding herds and then a booster every 12months.   Herd testing can be done easily on vaginal mucous by a vet if you are having a poor calving rate or notice cattle returning to heat. 



A syndrome where older beef calves develop severe swelling on front and back leg joints is seen from time to time on the North Coast.  For example it was seen in Caniaba in December.  The most common cause of this is from a germ called Mycoplasma.  Some calves can have long term problems.  Early detection is needed to give prescribed antibiotics the best chance to help.   Inspect your stock daily.    


What do we do?

The district veterinarians and rangers of the North Coast LHPA are the region’s frontline field service for the NSW Government’s Animal Health System.    The team’s activities are defined by legislation and aim to protect and enhance human health, market access, livestock production, the environment and animal welfare.     Their activities are essential to make sure we have markets to sell our stock to and ensure that livestock and their products are safe to use.   In addition the team remains prepared for any emergency disease outbreaks such as Foot and Mouth Disease.

T his team is available to provide a free diagnostic service for significant livestock disease.   They do not provide treatments for animals or do activities normally done by private veterinarians.   People commonly use their local district veterinarian for a post mortem on unexplained stock deaths or to investigate herd disease.    There are no charges from the LHPA for these services.  If testing is necessary for a diagnosis there are some fees from the NSW Government laboratory.   The animal health team can also provide advice on any livestock health matters including things such as animal husbandry, disease prevention and regulations such as the National Livestock Identification Scheme Information on regional disease trends is released by the LHPA and health certificates are issued for stock movements and properties.   The team often has a presence at saleyards, field days, shows and schools.

If you would like to receive livestock health news from the North Coast LHPA by email simply send an email address to [email protected].    In your email indicate your main interest such as beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, alpaca or wildlife.

The LHPA is always interested to hear what you have to report about livestock disease.  Further information on livestock diseases can be found at:


See Saw Signs expands to Lismore

See Saw Signs from Byron Bay has now hung up a new sign in Lismore. The hardest thing for folks from Goonengerry to decide on now will be which location do I go to. Congratulations Neil and Mish and the See Saw sign team on your new venture.