An agreement has been reached between Gloucester Resources Limited (GRL) and the Speldon Partnership will allow the dairying industry to prosper and grow in the region.

The agreement, which took 2 years to negotiate, will see the Maslen Family stay on the land and continue to operate and manage their dairying business well into the future.

The family will have access to neighbouring properties owned by GRL to expand the dairy operation’s footprint by more than 50% and funds from the sale of their existing property will be invested in new equipment and technologies.

The Maslen Family has been farming in the Gloucester Shire for more than 75 years and believes this plan will allow their business to stay at the forefront of dairying best practice and continue to grow.

GRL CEO Grant Polwarth welcomes the agreement and says both parties believe that the proposed Rocky Hill Coal Mine and agriculture can successfully operate side by side.

“Rocky Hill represents about one quarter of our land holdings in the Gloucester District.”

“It is our intention that any land owned by GRL, which is not part of proposed mining activities will be farmed,” say Mr Polwarth.

“The Maslen Family are well respected and acknowledged leaders in the dairy industry and operate a number of related businesses in Gloucester which provide important services to the community.”

“We believe this is a win-win for both parties and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial association.”

For further information please contact John Church – Churchcomm 0249615677