Neds Creek Station  

Where is it?

Neds Creek Station is 214kms NE of Meekatharra and 1000kms NE of Perth. It is in the East Gascoyne region of Western Australia.

How big is it?

Neds Creek is approximately one million acres or 450 000 hectares.

What stock do you have on the station?

We run beef cattle, which is sold by auction in Perth.

What is the difference between a station and a farm?

Stations are generally larger and the animals roam over bigger expanses of land than on farms.

When was Neds Creek established?

Not sure of the exact year but my father in law came here in 1946 and has been here ever since. It was only a very new lease then.

How did it get the name Neds Creek?

The person who first took up the lease had to have a name before he could register it. At the time a kangaroo shooter named Ned was camped near the homestead creek hence ‘Neds Creek’.

How do you get around the property?

We use vehicles; mostly 4WD Suzuki’s and we also have an aeroplane, which we mainly use for mustering.

What is mustering?

Mustering is gathering the cattle together for market. The aeroplane is used to spot the cattle from the air, people on the ground in vehicles gather up the cattle from where the pilot directs them and they are then taken to the nearest yard, where they are sorted into those going to market and those to be released again.

What sorts of jobs have to be done on stations other than mustering?

There is always some work to be done including fencing, yard building, fixing windmills, cleaning out bores and wells, putting down new bores, maintaining vehicles and grading roads and airstrips.

Where do you get your supplies?

We get our supplies from our local town Meekatharra. We either drive into town or order supplies on our weekly mail service.

Do you have access to modern technology?

Yes in recent years we have obtained 24-hour power, 2-way satellite for Internet and email and our phone system has been upgraded.

Do you offer accommodation for visitors?

No we are not set up as a tourist facility. We don’t mind people travelling through or calling in as long as they advise us in advance and observe the usual guidelines, which include such things as, don’t leave rubbish, don’t leave gates open, drive carefully around the homesteads and don’t camp near windmills.
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