Human beings have been clearing land in this country for over 75,000 years. 

While the idea of earthmoving and land clearing isn’t new, what has changed is the equipment that is used and the results this produces. 

From Indigenous Australians using fire patterns, to a modern farmer using something like a Stick Rake to free up land for pasture, earthmoving practices are something that has been crucial to the prosperity of the nation. 

Land Clearing from European Settlement to Today


When the First Fleet arrived in 1788 they obviously didn’t have the best earthmoving equipment. What they did have an abundance of was unskilled labour. 

It was through this labour that they were able to clear small land patches in coastal regions to graze animal stock or potentially grow crops.

At the turn of the 20th century, truly productive earthmoving practices were developed and utilised to produce benefits for the people now living in rural areas. 

This trend has continued to this day, with all earthmoving equipment being more technologically advanced than ever before.

Queensland Historical Atlas, 2019

Land Clearing and Australian Agriculture 


Simply put, agriculture contributed $60 billion to the Australian economy in 2017 alone. 

Without advancements in earthmoving, land clearing, grubbing and more, it would be impossible for this to be achieved. 

Over the past few decades, earthmoving and mining equipment have been successfully utilised to assist farmers and graziers to efficiently and responsible clear and develop their country to improve productivity and carrying capacity. 

Flamsteed Drive In Folding Stick Rake

Flamsteed Equipment, Bedrock Drive In Folding Stick Rake 

How Can We Help?


If you are interested in maximising your land clearing efforts and increasing your productivity, please give us a call at Flamsteed Equipment. 

We have been involved in the earthmoving industry for more than 50 years and would be pleased to discuss your requirements. 

Please call Mark anytime on 0412 739 912 or email him at mark@flamsteed.com.au







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