Acreage with a tree plantation
Has anyone got any information or experience buying a property in Australia (Queensland) where there is already a tree plantation on the acreage? There is a property for sale that has 600 Gympie Messmate trees that were planted 15 years ago, so my questions are:
Are there government regulations on what age the trees can be harvested, for example, do you have to wait for EXACTLY 30 years from when the trees were planted, what rules do you have to follow? (This is a question about rules, it is not supposed to open up a debate on when this species is fully mature - 30 years was just an example of time 😉)
Do you have to pay CGT on any profit made from the sale of the trees?
What is the norm to do with the acreage after the trees are harvested? Replant the forest or can you just use the clear land as is? (bearing in mind it'll either have 600 stumps or 600 holes in it 😄)
It appears that the vendors have added around $100k to the price of the property due to this plantation, which got me thinking, and raised the above questions in my mind. Seems a bit much to me, to add so much seeing as when the trees are harvested it'll be worth $100k less than we would've paid - so basically you're trying to achieve $100k in timber sales just to break even on what you paid for the property?!? (Rough valuations only, to raise a point)
Sorry to ramble - google was NOT my friend in this case. Hope someone can help. Thanks in advance. Dan.