End of a family dynasty on Gunningbar Creek

A useful grazing block in the tightly-held Gunningbar Creek area north of Nyngan will go to auction later this month, ending nearly a century of ownership by the local Green family.

The 2668 hectare (6594ac) “Belarbone” has been listed for sale by Phil Wallace of Landmark Nyngan on behalf of Gavin and Jenny Green, who are selling in their lead-up to retirement.

Gavin took on the management of “Belarbone” in the early 1980s, at which stage it was an undeveloped block with no electricity connection, no buildings and no infrastructure.

Since then, judicious investment in fencing, water, structural improvements and environmental works have brought “Belarbone” to a high pitch as a productive woolgrowing operation.

Always conservatively stocked, it has traditionally carried about 1200 classed Merino ewes and replacements, producing 18-20 micron wool which at the latest shearing in April returned $2195 a bale.  

Taken up by Albert Green in 1925, “Belarbone” is situated 70 kilometres north of Nyngan at the confluence of Gunningbar Creek and the Bogan River.

The property has a 6.7km frontage to the Gunningbar with its regulated flow, and just under 9km frontage (including 1.9km double frontage) to the Bogan.

Soils across the property range from heavy black to lighter grey, with some sand ridges and a small area of red country west of the Bogan.

Described as soft breeding country, the property has a rich pasture mix of saltbush, copper and jelly burr, Mitchell and umbrella grasses and cane grass adjoining the waterways.

It is timbered mainly by myall, leopardwood, belar, whitewood, coolabah and box, with a small area of wilga and woody shrub.

Average rainfall is about 425mm and the property is watered by its creek and river frontages and ground tanks.

Because the present owners live on another property to the east of Nyngan, “Belarbone” has no homestead, making it an attractive “add-on” proposition for established landholders.

Accommodation takes the form of an Australian Portable Buildings amenities block containing air-conditioned dining/kitchen area, bedroom and bathroom.

Working improvements include a modern four-stand shearing shed, steel sheep yards to handle 3000 head with covered race and loading ramp, timber cattle yards and 49-tonne elevated silo. Expressions of interest for “Belarbone” close on August 30, with offers expected in a range from $625 to $750 a hectare ($250-$300/ac).