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Current Fundraising Project - 2022

The “Dream Machine” All-Terrain Tractor

With 640 hectares of lush landscape to care for, the grounds team at Amaroo has always needed a strong workhorse, in the shape of a multipurpose tractor, to assist with mowing, building fire breaks, controlling vegetation, and much more.
The 20 something year- old tractor currently still in use is now on its last legs, costing thousands in mechanical repairs each year, and, with a shot clutch, it’s incapable of doing the more challenging work, such as carving out fire breaks on sometimes steep and challenging slopes, that it once could more easily cope with.
The grounds team has identified a strong multi-purpose replacement, the Kuboto M9540, that is ideal for meeting the many challenges the team faces on a daily basis, caring for such a huge, natural environment.
The Kuboto M9540 is a new generation, high performance tractor, featuring a 95HP, 4-cylinder turbo charged, E-CDIS direct fuel injection engine and a powerful front end loader. It’s designed for heavy duty work and is equipped with a hydraulic shuttle, Creep Speed and Autohitch for a more productive and practical operation. Available with a variety of attachments, it’s capable of tackling the toughest of jobs easily, and is certainly the “dream machine” for the hard-working grounds team.
The price tag for the Kuboto M9540 is $80,000 AUD, and it will set the team up to continue protecting and caring for the amazing natural environment that is Amaroo.

How to Help

Be a part of this highly practical project - simply donate what you can.
Help us reach the target of $80,000 AUD by the end of 2022.
Please write 'Dream Machine" as a message on the form
Thanks so much to all who have contributed to this project so quickly!  
The 'Dream Machine' Tractor has now been ordered.  
We are currently planning a further project.  
Any extra funds will be applied to the next one.

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Completed Fundraising Project - 2022

Amphitheatre Event Readiness – Fundraising Campaign

The “Amphitheatre Event Readiness - Fundraising Campaign” is now completed. Thank you to all those who contributed to getting the Amphitheatre Ready for Amaroo 2022.
After three long years without an event, the Amphitheatre was in need of quite a bit of repair work to get ready for September.
The shade cloth sails that provide protection from the Queensland sun were in a sorry state. We started with an initial target of A$10,000 to repair the shade sails. The sails are now repaired.
After the success of the ‘Sails’ campaign, we also fundraised more broadly for a further A$26,500 to cover the following items for the Amphitheatre:
  • Repaint the stage (A$10,000)
  • Back stage Carpet replacement (A$2,500)
  • Back stage Ceiling repair (A$6,500)
  • Translation booth upgrade (A$7,500)
The Amphitheatre is now ready!

Completed Fundraising Project - 2022

Refurbishment of the waste water treatment plant - the STP 

  • The STP - A milestone in Infrastructure built in 1999
  • The STP Holding Pond in action
  • The STP Control Room 
  • Major construction work took place from 1998 -1999
  • The Holding Pond under construction in 1998
  • Recycled water sustains the natural environment & wildlife 

The STP - an integral part of Event infrastructure

Constructed in 1998-1999 and designed to treat up to 400,000 litres of waste water per day during major events, this critical part of infrastructure at Ivory’s Rock is now 23 years old and in urgent need of refurbishment.
Without this system, it would be impossible to host large scale events.
Being in a rural location, Ivory’s Rock is not connected to a government sewage system. The centre runs its own Sewage Treatment Plant. (STP) Up to 30,000 litres of clean, recycled water is returned to the natural environment per day, helping to sustain many native animals and plants.
Through a system of three pumping stations, a treated water storage dam, and a network of cleverly designed pipes, the recycled water can travel up to 4.5 kilometres before it feeds the environment through a system of 120 pop-up sprinklers.

Key Objectives:

  • Improve the STP system so as to remain ready to host a major Amaroo Event.
  • Maintain this critical infrastructure so large commercial events can continue.
  • Improve the ageing STP system now to reduce ongoing and compounding maintenance costs, and to allow the system to be monitored remotely and securely.
  • Protect the fragile natural environment of the conference centre, and enhance the provision of recycled water across the property to support the pristine habitat for native species.
Thank you for your support!
We successfully reached the required amount - $29,000 - for first stage of the STP fundraising campaign. Many thanks for your generous support! This Project is a four stage process, which will continue to be rolled out over the next 12 months.
We are excited to announce that this project has now received funding from another source.

Completed Fundraising Project - 2021

The Mighty Mower

The Mighty Mower has now arrived and is in action.

Mowing the grass at Amaroo is a huge ongoing task. Did you know grass can grow 25mm/1 inch per day during the wet season in Queensland! 
This new mower will be able to do the 'finer' work that our existing larger tractors find difficult.  The F2890 Kubotu Front Mower is very manoeuvrable and able to mow closely around buildings and trees, greatly reducing the need for brush-cutters.
 Our Grounds team will save an enormous amount of time and effort, and be able to efficiently maintain all the grassed areas to a high quality.
Thank you for your support!
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