Farm help, maintenance and building log cabins, in semi rural Queensland, Australia.

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

  • Description

    Description

    Hi helpers and travelers,

    We have availability for up to 3 people. There is a minimum of 2 weeks trial to make sure we all get on and you are enjoying your stay.

    The next few months will be very busy, as our main project, the construction of log cabin/house, will soon be taking on another phase (assembly). We are estimating assembly to start in January, and will be looking for up to 3-4 people at that time.

    Two types of help, But the main help for the next six weeks; one person 1) Keeping the place clean and tidy, keeping a shopping list, shopping and preparing meals and doing activities with Ethan; You can also and hopefully be interested in the log house build and help me with that, but not a requirement.

    If there are two people then this is the log cabin help I could do with help for;
    2) help with log house work, cleaning and varnishing logs, cleaning and painting framing fixings, moving logs, learning how to use tools and help with electric planning/sanding, circular saw cutting, etc..

    We need people who are outgoing willing to dive in to my way of life of living, working and doing social activities together on a daily basis; organising and planning our days. You must be energetic, fun, self motivated, keen to learn, good listeners and keen to get involved, people who like to be getting on with things and not sit around waiting. All helpers must be must be clean and tidy and happy to prepare meals (light lunches, normally left overs and salads and cooked meals in the evening).

    Cabin build update and timescale: Kit build at workshop almost complete and assembly should begin in about eight to ten weeks all being well and not too many disruptions. The framing and all fixings are almost finished (2-3 weeks), remaining panels (2-3 weeks), cleaning and protection varnishing (2 weeks), concrete footings (2-3 weeks), transporting cabin to site (2 weeks). All timescales depend on labour available and especially for the assembly as it will be impossible for me to do it on my own.

    Come and make our property your home, with your own accommodation, see the same faces for a few weeks, make friends, have fun, relax and help us for a while. Be part of our weekly routine, help us and learn about the log cabin build and life style trying to be self sufficient, go swimming and walks, play games with Ethan (our son), playing cards and have discussions with drinks on occasions.

    Olly especially needs your help with the log house build, preparing meals, cleaning, shopping and looking after Ethan. Having peoples company is very much appreciated, as otherwise I'm working mainly alone.

    Please read for more details and hope to hear from you all. Well some of you? Anybody? ha!ha!

    Building a good team environment to work and live together is very important for me.

    Type of help needed:
    We'd love to find people to help with log cabin build, chores, food shopping, shopping, cooking and preparing meals (4/5 evening meals and some lunches), and spending time with our son Ethan ( 8 year old) after school. We are flexible with arranging and sharing what volunteers do.
    eg.
    Gardening
    Help with Eco project - Log cabin
    Animal care - Cattle, chickens, dog and horses
    Language practice - Olly and Ethan (French and Spanish)
    Teaching - ( Ethan with homework)
    Babysitting / child care - Ethan - create outdoor/indoor activities, swimming, teach maths, languages etc... If you speak another language this would be an advantage. He knows basic French and we'd like him to learn French and Spanish, but any language is good.

    Phase 1: building the log cabin as a kit in the workshop.
    Building log cabin work: Cleaning, varnishing and working with logs (using tools, farming etc.). You'll be surprised what you can do!
    Phase 2 nearing: Log cabin assembly on site to start in approx 5-8 weeks. (October)

    INTRO:
    We are lucky to have a beautiful 260 acre farm with many of the unique Australian landscapes, trees, nature and wildlife and would be greedy not to share it, so we hope for those of you that stay with us, that you enjoy our tranquil place and gain experiences and memories that stay with you for a long long time, and become long time friends.

    Myself, Shelley and Ethan live in North Queensland (120klm from cairns) and share a 260 acre farm surrounded by State Forest. We have horses, run around 40 head of cattle and are in the process of adding 2 self contained accommodation.

    A little about us:
    Earlier this year Shelley and I decided to go our separate ways, but are still living together on the farm for now.

    I’m Olivier (Olly) I was born in Belgium English mother and Belgian Father and from the age of 10 grew up in the UK until I moved to Australia with Shelley 14 years ago. Prior to moving to Australia we both worked in the city of London. Olly worked in Aviation Reinsurance and Shelley in a consultancy firm. We have both traveled extensively and lived and worked for short periods of time in a number of different countries. Now Olly mainly works on the farm whilst Shelley works part time and is studying part time. In 2015 year Olly has been working on a government / Private forestry funded scheme "Caring for your Country" (improving native forests on small farms - weed control and reset thinning).

    Our objectives:
    1) To improve farm for self sufficiency and income:
    a. Cattle
    b. Forestry – main interest is carbon trading
    c. Self contained cottages
    d. Orchard
    e. Vegetables

    Property description: We are nestled on three sides by state forest. Our farm is 105.5 hectares (260 acres) in the drier part of the Atherton Tableland. The elevation ranges from 880m to 955m above sea level. About 75 hectares is natural forest, and consist of mainly lemon scented, blue and rose gum, blood wood, northern grey box (gum top box), iron bark, river sheoak and swamp box. We have a permanent creek meandering on our property for approximately 1.3 klm with a total fall of 21 meters. We have platypus residing here. We also have a Dam on the property with small rowing boat. We are 100% alternate power.

    Wildlife on our property:- Our property is surrounded by natural woodland (three sides of state forest approximately 2.6klm and 1klm boundary with an uninhabited and uncleared property) and the nearest house being 3klm as the crow flies, nature is abundant. To list a few: Grey kangaroos, wallabies, bettongs (night time- small kangaroo like), iguanas who steal our chicken’s eggs!, many lizards, possums, platypus, bats, owls, king fishers, kookaburras and lots of other birds.

    The environment I like to live and work in: Building a good environment to live and work together is very important for me.

    Before I came to Australia I loved being involved in groups and created groups to have the environment I thrived on. Within these groups I always appreciated those that took part in the organising and create the environment.

    For example:
    I like to have a full on week doing and organising things for the week with people. During the week days working: cleaning the accommodation, workshop, preparing meals, lunch down the creek, keeping a shopping list. Evenings: bom fires at night, star watching, , activities such as football, table tennis, badminton, volleyball, playing cards or board games, etc and planning the weekend.

    E.g. You suggest where to have lunch and we’ll do it down the creek, by the dam, on the hill). Want to have bonfire tonight or another night that we arrange it together, and so on. Want to sleep a tent or shack on Saturday then we’ll do it. Participate in organising activities and it will be so much fun.

    At the weekend, going out doing touristy things (taking and preparing what we need for the day lunch, shopping list bags, etc.) , swimming, shopping, pub, outdoor movies, barbecue and large fire, having drinks, walks, etc.. and so on. Basically, if you are outgoing and enthusiastic to join in the creation of your time here we can have great a fun time feeling rewarded on what we achieve together.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    I am looking for people to help in our every day life as describe. My priority and focus is the log cabin construction whilst managing everyday life cleaning, cooking, managing the gardens, orchard (for self consumption), the cattle and farm infrastructure.

    The construction materials will mainly be sourced from the farm (stone and timber).

    You must be prepared to cook and clean. If you speak French or Spanish I'd like my son to learn both languages. He knows a bit of French, but needs people to talk to him in their language when playing.

    Priority six months:
    1) Log cabins
    • For the construction of the Self contained accommodation (piece sur piece):
    o Prepare for building (build at the workshop what we can eg. Logs to be rounded up, cut to size and varnished, build walls (stud, plate, noggins and horizontal log walls), doors, etc)
    o Install power gable and water pipe - completed
    o Fence off areas where buildings and access will be situated
    o Form gravel driveways, drainage and car parking works
    2) Farming
    • Fencing: Fixing and/or replacing old fences and also new fences - new timber strainer posts, wire, star pickets and gates (steel & wire)


    General day to day:
    • Manage orchard (e.g. mulching, watering, fix sprinklers, pruning)
    • Mowing (from start of wet season)
    • Cattle work, feeding two weekly in dry season (now till wet season), branding, etc.
    • Vehicle maintenance

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    French and Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Self contained accommodation. A very nice 6m x 6m lounge diner kitchen, separate shower and toilet.
    Sleeping accommodation:
    1 separate bedroom (for two people) and a partitioned bedroom ( for single person) within the 6m x 6m studio type accommodation.

    Please see photos of living area. Sorry to date no photos of sleeping arrangements (to be uploaded soon).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are semi rural (Australian standard) 15 minutes to the nearest town. There is a bus service twice per day to Cairns from Atherton.

    The area: We are located on the Atherton Tableland inland from Cairns. Cairns centre is about 1 3/4hr drive from our property. The Tableland has way too much for me to list here, but here is a flavour; Herberton historical village, Herberton mining museum, small galleries, Rainforest trails, bushwalks, Lake Eacham (great for swimming), Lake Barrine, water activities on Lake Tinaroo, The crater, Atherton (china town), Mareeba coffee works, Ravenshoe (Millstream waterfall, Sunday steam train) Milla Milla waterfall circuit, Malanda (pub), Yungaburra (markets and pub), Markets on every weekend at a different location. It’s also beautiful just driving around with some breath taking views.
    Atherton (30 min drive) has two supermarkets where we shop for our groceries, small modern library with internet, small hospital, pubs and cafes.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunites

    How Australians live both in the outback and within the towns and cities. Issues in regards to politics, laws and it's people. Also, from all our experiences of travelling, living in different countries, language learning. Our experiences with trying to live sustainably, benefits and issues.

    Hopefully, I can help volunteers with my positivity, strength, friendly motivation and help them with their thoughts on life and their future.

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    Volunteering hours expected

    25 hours


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Accommodation - self contained
Host ref number: 259512192835

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