Station Names: Latrobe & Arlington Park
Managers/ Owners: Owned & operated by Donald & Wendy Brown, and daughter Jody.
Region: Central Western Queensland
Nearest town for shopping, doctors etc.: Longreach
Nearest roadhouse: Longreach
Number of cattle: Generally between 800 to 1000 breeders, less now due to drought.
Number of sheep: Generally approximately 2000 ewes. Numbers are down this season.
Number of staff (approx.): 3.
In recent history, Donald & Wendy and their daughter Jody made up the entirety of the full time workforce at Latrobe & Arlington Park, complemented occasionally by contractors at shearing & crutching time, and visitors and volunteers etc throughout the year. Currently Jody Brown is the only full time staff at Latrobe and Arlington Park, and Donald & Wendy come and go, allocating time between their western holdings and their coastal cattle block, Dimond Downs. Jody’s partner Allan Crawford, is a high school teacher in Longreach and commutes the 65km to town every day.
Size of station: 45,000 acres (Latrobe and Arlington combined).
How often and how the mail is delivered: Twice weekly, by 4WD.
How often and how the stores shopping is done: Locally, and by Allan after he finishes work. We are fortunate to be only 65kms from decent shops.
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Jenny, Jody, George, Wendy, Sandy and Donald (kneeling).