The Hewitts come home to Pony Hills
MICHAEL Hewitt has some strong memories of growing up on Pony Hills in north-east Maranoa - so it only made sense for the family to buy it back.
Hewitt Cattle Australia, who run 50,000 cattle across Queensland, have just bought back the part of the property they sold to Origin back in 2005.
Mr Hewitt, the director of the company, said the family bought it back in 1994 and had plenty of great recollections of the high-altitude country.
"We had a lot of connections in this area and we've always loved it," he said. "We know it really well and it's bloody good country and it's beautiful.
"It was a good opportunity to take agricultural land back to full agricultural production."
Mr Hewitt's parents Colin and Linda built their business off the back of properties like Pony Hills, which he said had a unique landscape unlike most areas in the Maranoa.
"It was a pioneer effort - it was a large area of under-developed land, but it was good country," he said.
"It holds a lot of value to us."
Sitting at the start of the Great Dividing Range, Mr Hewitt said he was hoping to run about 10,000 cattle on Pony Hills.