THE WARRAH SUBDIVISION".
DISSATISFACTION IN THE DISTRICT.
SMALLER AREAS AND MORE SETTLERS.
Notice has been gazetted of the subdivision of Warrah Estate near Quirindi. This is the largest of the estates which has kept the town land locked. The aggregation of which has prevented the district from fulfilling
the destlny which by reason of its position soil and climate might have been expected of it. For years the agricultural production of the district has been confined to the output from the farms of the men who pioneered the district when the railway first came
through. These men and their sons have done well on their farms but the area of land that was sufficient for the few first pioneers was wholly inadequate for a tenth of the young men descended from those settlers. Consequently the majority of them have, during
the last decade, sought out new lands and assisted in the development of other districts because there was no land left in their home district.
Recently there is the subdivision of Colly Creek near
Quirindi and a small part of Warrah, which offered practically the first chance of securing land in the district for many years.
The Government subdivision of Warrah will attract, it is safe to say,
good Inquiry from many desirous of taking up land in this safe district. The estate comes almost up to the boundary of Quirindi, where there is a local mill and facilities for despatching and storing wheat. The total area of 45,000 acres has been subdivided
into 84 farms, or an average of 535 acres to each farm, and the cost, after all costs, including legal charges, have been added, will probably work out at about £2700 per farm, equal to nearly £5 per acre.
The scheme of subdivision made by the Government has come in for a good deal of criticism in the Quirindi district. Many who are intimately acquainted with similar land in the district suggest that
provision could have been made for more settlers, in short, that the areas are generally too large in area. The areas to be made available will require a deposit of from £100 to £200, with annual payments amounting to fairly large sums. There are
many experienced men in the district who will be debarred from taking up land on Warrah, and who, if the blocks had been made smaller, would have willingly made homes there. The local conviction Is that many more settlers could be placed on this subdivision
than the number notified, as the land is such that not only can wheat be grown, but there are big opportunities for grazing, fruit-growing, and dairying. The district has a Higher rainfall than most of the wheat growing districts of the State.