Coast strawberry producer Gowinta Farms in liquidation

Backpacker Martin Hickey at work at the Gowinta strawberry farm at Beerwah.
Backpacker Martin Hickey at work at the Gowinta strawberry farm at Beerwah. John Mccutcheon

ONE of the Sunshine Coast's biggest strawberry farms has been placed into liquidation.

Gowinta Farms at Beerwah is on the market after debts reported at up to $17 million forced the company into voluntary administration earlier this year.

Liquidator Robert Moodie, of Sydney-based Rodgers Reidy, remained tight lipped today about the farm today, only confirming the company is  "handling the liquidation of Gowinta Farms."

Colliers International has been appointed to take care of the sale of Gowinta Farms, with expressions of interest open until December 18.

The property will be marketed to foreign and interstate buyers with relationships with national fruit companies.

Colliers is marketing the farm as one of the Sunshine Coast's premier farming enterprises with a long-standing history as a successful producer of quality strawberries, pineapples, lychees and raspberries.

The Burys Rd farm has 11 farming properties with a  total of 84 hectares.

The Colliers sale advertisement states there are substantial water entitlements for irrigation, extensive greenhouse, packing, administration and staff facilities and multiple house and shedding.

The properties are available for purchase individually or the farm can be bought in its entirety on a walk-in walk-out basis.

A 56-berth caravan park was built at the farm in 2008 at a cost of $1 million as a drawcard for strawberry pickers. The caravan park is also up for sale.

There will be a creditor's meeting held on site tomorrow at 11am.

Topics:  business, economy, liquidation



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