Natural reserve destocked at the border for sale | farm online
The sellers are asking for almost $2 million to buy a large reserve of scrubland on the border between South Australia and Victoria.
Agents are expecting bids of around $185,000 for the 688-hectare (1,700-acre) block in Bangham.
With only 35ha of open pasture, that might seem like a lot of money, but with carbon sink farming in its infancy, it might be worth revisiting.
The stocks were removed from the site in 2014.
Of course, there will be those like the current owners who see the environmental importance of its natural qualities.
Near Frances, in the southeast of South Africa, is the St Aubins Scrubland Reserve.
Most natural blocks of this size are owned by public authorities, but this block has been carefully protected by private owners for nearly a century.
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“The scale of this parcel of scrubland and its pristine conditions make it a rare and exciting opportunity for potential buyers to add a significant natural parcel to their portfolio,” the agents say.
St Aubins is said to be unique, not just in South Australia, but nationally and internationally, with many endangered species of flora and fauna on the property.
The old wood of the block with a naturally regenerating old stand Buloke also sets it apart.
It is one of 15 national biodiversity hotspots in this area.
The property has remained in private ownership since the late 1920s and is unencumbered.
SA’s Department of Environment in 2001 assessed the property as having a high biodiversity value.
For more information contact TDC Livestock and Property agents Mark De Garis on 0428 372124 and Tom Pearce on 0427 642138.
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