A list of Australian agricultural land that China owns
Please note that this post will be updated as more research is done
CK LIFE SCIENCES (CHINA)
Hong Kong-listed company, understood to be backed by Hong Kong’s richest person Li Ka-shing. Owns Nicoletti Farms, one of Western Australia’s biggest grain growers with 68,000ha around Merredin and north of Geraldton.
McWilliam Wines vineyards, Griffith and Coonawarra
NSW and South Australia
650ha. Purchased in 2015.
Nicoletti Farms, Merredin and Geraldton
68,000ha. Purchased in 2016.
DASHANG GROUP (CHINA)
Large Chinese retailer which operates department stores and supermarkets
Glenrock Station, Hunter Valley
Purchased for $45 million.
5/4/16 – THE Bishop family’s Kuro Kin Wagyu property at Bunnan in the Upper Hunter has been acquired by the Chinese owners of ‘Glenrock Station’ near Scone.
Making an impact in the region, the buyers are one of China’s largest supermarket and department store retailers.
Dashang Group’s Australian operations are conducted through its entity – Australia Aulong Auniu Wang Pty Ltd (AAAW).
FUCHENG GROUP (CHINA)
Chinese automotive interior company.
31,000ha. Purchased in 2015.
HAILIANG GROUP (CHINA)
One of China’s top 500 groups, controlled by Feng Hailiang — China’s 90th richest man.
Hollymount Station, St George
50,000ha. Purchased for $40 million in 2015.
HEILONGJIANG FENG AGRICULTURAL (CHINA)
A subsidiary of Heilongjiang Beidahuang Rice Industry Group. Owns and leases about 85,000ha of farms in the West Australian wheatbelt.
Joyce farms, Lake King
Ongerup farm, Ongerup
LI FAMILY (CHINA)
Eilan Donan, Sutton Grange
1460ha. Purchased in 2015.
Breadalbane, Sutton Grange
540ha. Purchased in 2015.
MOONLAKE INVESTMENTS (CHINA)
Backed by Chinese businessman Lu Xianfeng.
Van Diemen’s Land Company
17,800ha. Australia’s biggest dairy. Purchased in 2016.
NEW HOPE (CHINA)
Chinese agriculture group with annual sales of about $8.8 billion.
Moxey Farms, Gooloogong
2700ha. Purchased in partnership for $100 million in 2015.
ORIENT AGRICULTURE (CHINA)
Shanghai-based private company.
11,935ha. Purchased in 2014 for $30 million.
WEN QUIGNAN (CHINA)
Chinese businessman, Tianyu Wool Industries president.
Lal Lal Estate, Yendon
2025ha. Purchased in 2014.
SHANDONG RUYI (CHINA)
Chinese textile group
Larundel Estate, Ballarat
1012ha. Purchased in 2011 for $14 million.
Cubbie Station, St George
SHANGHAI ZENITH (CHINA)
Australian operating arm of Shanghai CRED
Yakka Munga, West Kimberley
189,000ha. Purchased in 2009.
Mt Elizabeth Station, Fitzroy Crossing
200,000ha. Purchased in 2016.
Mertondale, Riverina, Perrinvale, Clover Downs,
Jeedamya, Melita and Kookymie, Marvel Loch
1.2 million hectares Kimberly Wheatbelt, WA – awaiting on FIRB approval
SHANGHAI ZHONGFU (CHINA)
One of Shanghai’s largest private real estate developers
Ord Stage 2 project, Ord River
15,200ha of sugar and sorghum.
TIANMA BEARINGS GROUP (CHINA)
Owned by Chinese billionaire Xingfa Ma.
Wollogorang/Wentworth, Gulf of Carpentaria
Queensland-Northern Territory border
705,700ha. Purchased in 2015.
UNION AGRICULTURE (CHINA)
Subsidiary of Hebei-based Jiahe Brewery. Owns more than 12,000 hectares in NSW.
Bobbara Station, Galong
4500ha. Purchased for $13.8 million in 2011.
Mt Falcon Station, Tooma
2840ha. Purchased for $6 million in 2011.
Kyabra Station, Tamworth
5260ha. Purchased in 2016.
XINYANGFENG FERTILISER COMPANY (CHINA)
Established in 1998,manufacturers of phosphate and compound fertilisers.
2300ha. Purchased in 2016.
YIANG XIANG ASSETS (CHINA)
Chinese private sector company.
Elizabeth Downs, Douglas Daly
205,000ha. Purchased in 2014 with 9000 cattle for $12 million.
ZHEJIANG RIFA HOLDING GROUP (CHINA)
Chinese beef importer also involved in sheep production in northwest China.
Cooplacurripa Station, Gloucester
22,550ha. Purchased in 2015.
Kerriki/Number One, Gloucester
1457ha. Purchased in 2015.
Minjah aggregate, Woolsthorpe
DISCOVERY MACADAMIA ( CHINA)
Dunoon Macadamia Plantations
Lismore in Northern, NSW $18m -$20m
Waterloo, Pampas, QLD, $2m
476,000ha Carlton Hill station and Ivanhoe Station
Bought by Shanghai Zhongfu trading in Australia as Kimberley Agricultural Investment,
Price: $100 million
Meet your new Chinese landlords that have been given Australia’s food security to control
China was Australia’s largest source of foreign investment / ownership in agriculture last year, spending $2.5 billion on our farms and food factories
Major Chinese investment in Australian agricultural land.
Those Chinese companies coming out to Australia and buying land are seen as national heroes.
“Private Chinese business people who make successful investments in Australia’s agriculture in pursuit of China’s ‘going out strategy’ gain ‘face’ back home and that ‘face’ can open doors and secure opportunities in China which would otherwise not be available to them.”
However, he says it is more than that. “China’s ambition is about combining the commercial objective of pursuing profit-making opportunities with the added benefit of achieving China’s food security objectives.”
The reality continues to be that Chinese buyers have a demand which cannot be satisfied by current capacity in Australia. The scale of their needs is mind boggling,” Mr Hinze says.