Brooking Springs

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Brooking Springs is located in Western Australia
Brooking Springs
Brooking Springs
Location in Western Australia

Brooking Springs Station is a pastoral lease that operates as a cattle station in Western Australia.

Location[edit]

It is situated about 13 kilometres (8 mi) north of Fitzroy Crossing and approximately 230 kilometres (143 mi) south east of Derby, Western Australia in the Kimberley region. The property has approximately 35 miles (56 km) of double frontage to the Fitzroy River including many permanent pools of water. Mount Hardman and numerous creeks are also within the station boundaries.[1]

History[edit]

The traditional owners of the area are the Bunuba peoples, who have worked on the property as stockmen since the property was established.[2]

In 1954 the property occupied an area of 693,737 acres (2,807 km2) when it was placed on the market. At this time it was stocked with 8,000 head of cattle and 160 horses and was subdivided into five paddocks.[1]

In 2001 the leaseholder was Peter Camm who was blocked from buying Moola Boola and Mount Amhurst Stations buy the then planning minister Alannah MacTiernan. The block resulted from cattle stealing charges that had been brought against Camm three years earlier.[3]

The family of Jill Jenyns placed the property on the market following her death in a helicopter crash in 2011. The property was expected to fetch A$15 million and was stocked with approximately 15,000 head of cattle.[4] It sold later the same year for A$18 million to the Bunuba Cattle Company, an Indigenous group, with the Australian Agricultural Company expected to manage the operations.[5]

As of 2014 the 1,959 square kilometres (756 sq mi) property was still on the market along with at least 15 others in the Kimberley and Northern Territory.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Brooking Springs". The Sydney Morning Herald. Google. 3 September 1954. p. 10. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Tom Stephens (October 2011). "Ross, Peter (1927–2011)". Obituaries Australia. Australian National University. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Minister delays $18m". Farm Weekly. 1 August 2001. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Matt Brann (16 May 2012). "Kimberley cattle station for sale after family tragedy". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Bridget Carter (4 October 2012). "AAco gets new foothold as cattle station sold". The Australian. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  6. ^ James Nason (28 March 2014). "NT and Kimberley - 15 Pastoral holdings for sale". Beef Central. Nascon Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 13 March 2015.