Gor­man land to har­ness growth

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

The planned sale of 93 hectares of prime land east of Yar­ra­wonga will help meet the de­mand for fu­ture growth and con­tinue ex­pan­sion of the town east of Woods Road.

The prime land for sale borders the Mur­ray Val­ley High­way and has been in the Gor­man fam­ily since 1873. The land was re­zoned from Ru­ral to Gen­eral Res­i­den­tial un­der the ti­tle of Glan­mire Park Es­tate in Oc­to­ber, 2007.

The zon­ing orig­i­nally in­cluded the en­tire prop­erty bounded by Woods Road, Cahills Road, Botts Road and Mur­ray Val­ley High­way. A large sec­tion of this zoned land clos­est to the town cen­tre will now go up for sale.

John Gor­man, who owns the land with his five sib­lings, will con­tinue to farm the re­main­der of the land but said the time had come to re­alise some of the land’s po­ten­tial for res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial pur­poses.

“We have seen sub­stan­tial growth of the town around the farm since it was re­zoned and the tim­ing now ap­pears good for all con­cerned,” John Gor­man said.

The fam­ily’s de­ci­sion comes 100 years after the death of the orig­i­nal set­tler, Mr Gor­man’s great-grand­fa­ther and name­sake John Mur­ray Gor­man.

Gor­man, who came from Kil­more, se­lected 1500 acres (607 hectares) in 1873 and ar­rived

in Yar­ra­wonga two years later. With him came wife Mary, eight sur­viv­ing chil­dren and two of his sis­ters whose hus­bands had been killed in farm ac­ci­dents.

The sis­ters, who had young chil­dren, were Mrs Cahill and Mrs Flana­gan, sur­names still found in Yar­ra­wonga.

Clear­ing the mas­sive grey box trees to grow wheat be­came Gor­man’s first pri­or­ity.

He built his orig­i­nal home­stead on the cor­ner of Mur­ray Val­ley High­way and Woods Road, now the site of the new med­i­cal clinic.

An en­ter­pris­ing busi­ness­man, Gor­man started Gor­man’s store in Bel­more Street in 1900 and also had branches in Ber­ri­gan and Oak­lands.

His younger son WJ (Bill) Gor­man ran the stores and his other two sons Jack and Tom were the farm­ers.

At the time of his death in 1917, Gor­man was a se­nior res­i­dent hon­orary mag­is­trate in Yar­ra­wonga as well as a store­keeper and hote­lier.

Jack Gor­man sold his farm and moved to Grif­fith in 1928 while Tom, Mr Gor­man’s grand­fa­ther, con­tin­ued farm­ing un­til his death in 1948.

Mr Gor­man worked on the farm along­side his fa­ther Mau­rice for 30 years.

“Not be­ing a man to take risks, Dad was very proud of his her­itage and wanted to farm the orig­i­nal se­lec­tion rather than sell­ing it over pre­vi­ous decades,” Mr Gor­man said.

The ini­tial zon­ing of the en­tire Glan­mire Park plan had a scope of 1,300 res­i­den­tial lots, gate­way wet­lands, a ‘vil­lage green’ ad­ja­cent to the neigh­bour­hood cen­tre, a neigh­bour­hood hub to meet a wide range of so­cial, com­mu­nity and recre­ational needs, a reveg­e­ta­tion area, trees in open space and bike/walk­ways.

Col­liers In­ter­na­tional’s Kim McQueen and Shane McIn­tyre have been ap­pointed to the ex­pres­sions-of-in­ter­est cam­paign on be­half of the Gor­man fam­ily, say­ing they an­tic­i­pated en­quiry from a wide range of do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ers.

Ms McQueen said it was a “a real priv­i­lege” to be mar­ket­ing a land­hold­ing with such a sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal his­tory.

“The Gor­mans were a pi­o­neer­ing fam­ily back in the 1850s and the fam­ily is synony­mous with Yar­ra­wonga as one of the ma­jor land hold­ers and farm­ing fam­i­lies in the district,” she said.

Ms McQueen said Glan­mire Park Es­tate rep­re­sented a unique op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase an ex­pan­sive devel­op­ment site in a grow­ing re­gional cen­tre.

“This par­cel of land is a strate­gic part of the Moira Shire Coun­cil’s res­i­den­tial growth plan for the re­gion and presents end­less scope for devel­op­ment,” she said.

“We are see­ing an in­crease in de­mand for as­sets such as Glan­mire Park in re­gional ar­eas – par­tic­u­larly those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pop­u­la­tion growth and in­creased tourist trac­tion.

“Yar­ra­wonga is the fastest-grow­ing town within the Moira Shire and has be­come a vi­brant and pro­gres­sive place to live, work and do busi­ness.”

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est close Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11 at 2pm.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est close on Oc­to­ber 11 for 93 hectares of prime Gor­man’s land east of Yar­ra­wonga.

The Ex­pres­sions of In­ter­est sign was erected by Col­liers In­ter­na­tional last week.

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