The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Bush Banter -

HIS­TORIC Beltana Sta­tion has stayed in South Aus­tralian hands, sell­ing to a Far North pas­toral­ist for $8.4 mil­lion.

The pic­turesque Flin­ders Ranges prop­erty was bought by An­drew Do­man, owner of Yad­la­malka sheep and cat­tle sta­tion near Port Au­gusta. Michael Har­ring­ton, who bid on Mr Do­man’s be­half, said there were no im­me­di­ate plans for change at the 1541sq km his­toric sta­tion with its links to Sir Thomas El­der. “The fam­ily is very happy about it and will be cus­to­di­ans of a won­der­ful as­set,” Mr Har­ring­ton said for Mr Do­man, whose fam­ily has owned Yad­la­malka since the 1890s. Emo­tional sellers Laura and Gra­ham Ra­g­less, who have built up the cat­tle and sheep prop­erty into a sought-af­ter tourism des­ti­na­tion, said they still owned the Put­tupa sta­tion next door but needed to “slow down a lit­tle”.

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