ONE of Victoria's leading stone fruit and table grape businesses was listed for sale on a website aimed at foreign investors last week.
The Tripodi family's 250ha Murrawee Farms at Swan Hill was advertised on the Commercial Property Profiles' website with an asking price of about $19.5 million.
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The sale included high and low-security water, 180,000 trees and packing and coolroom assets and equipment.
The site advertises farms and agribusinesses to international investors looking to buy into Australia.
Last July it was revealed that foreign investors were using such sites to buy properties to get Australian visas.
The Tripodi family has been heavily involved in representing interests of horticulturists through the Victorian Farmers Federation.
Gaye Tripodi is the VFF horticulture group vice-president.
Despite the detailed listing last week, Mrs Tripodi this week told The Weekly Times the properties had been "withdrawn" from website but declined to comment further.
Murrawee Farms is no longer listed among the businesses on the CPP website.
Mrs Tripodi has not publicly commented on her views on foreign investment, but the VFF has been vocal in calling for tighter scrutiny and regulation of such land sales.
At its annual general meeting in April last year the VFF passed a resolution calling for foreign companies buying more than $5 million worth of farmland to gain Federal Government approval.
The Foreign Investment Review Board board considers whether a foreign sell-off is in the national interest only when a transaction is worth more than $231 million.
CPP owner Rex Philips confirmed Murrawee Farms had been listed for sale on his website.
"We deal with genuine purchasers, from places like South Africa, Europe and Asia, not a lot of Chinese, and about half are family enterprises and half investment groups," Mr Philips said.
Interest was mainly growing from offshore investment groups, not families wishing to migrate, he said.