Who Owns Australia?
If you think you own your little piece of Paradise, your quarter acre block of land, or your farm, or your factory, or your workshop…Think again.
While the mainstream media pulls a bait and switch on us Australians, they are hiding the truth. NT News has been brave enough to publish a partial list of people and companies that own some of the largest land holdings in Australia.
The media would have us believe that the Chinese are the main culprits, but as you will see below they are only a part of the problem.
The big question is, Why is this allowed?
Any Australian going to China, the Philippines, Singapore or any other Asian or even African country to buy land will be sorely disappointed.
We cannot buy land an any Asian country.
Instead, we can lease the land on a 99 year lease. We can own any improvements we put on the land, as long as we can move them when we are finished, but any immovable object, such as buildings and equipment that is connected to the land, automatically becomes the property of the land holder when the lease is finished.
So the next question to ask is, Why doesn’t Australia have a policy like this?
Advance Australia, a political activist group, has a paper that details how land should be owned and managed in Australia. Read about it here: Australian Land Reform
Let’s begin with who owns what in the Northern Territory:
Who owns the Territory’s farms and stations?
Compiled by the NT News — December 27, 2017 2:46pm
WHO owns the Territory’s farms and stations?
That’s the question on many lips as the debate over foreign investment in Australian agriculture continues to rage. News Corp has compiled a list of more than 500 properties and their owners, who range from family partnership and domestic pastoral groups to international business people and conglomerates.
The big players are a mix of foreign and domestic entities.
With its more than 10 million hectares, Australian pastoral giant S Kidman and Co has the most land.
But foreign funds, such as US teacher superannuation entity TIA-CREFF, are rapidly building a profile with a reported investment of $1 billion in prime farming country.
NTBR takes a look at the biggest players from — or with connections to — the NT on the list.
ARCHIPELAGO BEEF TRUST
Owned by controversial businessman Luke Butler
▼ Ban Ban Springs, Darwin Northern Territory, 187,300ha. Purchased in 2016 for $10 million.
▼ Riveren/Inverway, Victoria River Northern Territory 550,000ha. Purchased in 2016, more than $60 million.
AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL COMPANY
Established in 1824, Operates across seven million hectares of land in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
▼ Anthony Lagoon/Eva Downs Northern Territory 934,900ha.
▼ Brunette Downs, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory 1,221,200ha. Purchased in 1979.
▼ Camfield Station, Victoria River, Northern Territory 279,000ha.
▼ Delamere Station, Victoria River, Northern Territory 300,300ha.
▼ Labelle Downs/Welltree, Batchelor, Northern Territory 61,000ha.
▼ Montejinni Station, Victoria River, Northern Territory
▼ Pell/Tortilla, Darwin Northern Territory 5473ha. Purchased in 2014.
BRETT BLUNDY RETAIL CAPITAL (SINGAPORE)
Private investment company founded by retail king Brett Blundy in 1980.
▼ Amungee Mungee, Elliott Northern Territory 328,500ha.
▼ Beetaloo Station, Elliott Northern Territory 1,050,000ha.
▼ Mungabroom/OT Downs Northern Territory 1,000,000ha.
▼ Walhallow/Cresswell, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory 999,700ha. Purchased in 2015.
Wealthy businessman and philantropist
▼ Vermelha Station Northern Territory 200,000ha. FOR SALE (2016)
CAASON GROUP/AILERON PASTORAL HOLDINGS
Private investor group with a focus on natural resources, mining and telecommunications.
▼ Aileron, Alice Springs Northern Territory 408,000ha. Purchased in 2015.
CONSOLIDATED PASTORAL COMPANY (UK)
Australia’s largest privately owned beef producer. Runs about 375,000 cattle over 20 properties covering more than 5.7 million hectares. The majority shareholder is UK- based Terra Firma Capital.
▼ Bunda Station, Victoria River, Northern Territory 178,800ha. Purchased in 2015.
▼ Dungowan Station, Katherine, Northern Territory 445,400ha.
▼ Kirkimbie Station, Katherine Northern Territory 230,400ha. Purchased in 1986.
▼ Manbulloo Station, Katherine, Northern Territory 379,131ha. Purchased in 1994.
▼ Mimong Station, Julia Creek Northern Territory 79,971ha. Purchased in 2010.
▼ Newcastle Waters, Barkly Northern Territory 1,033,100ha. Purchased in 1983.
▼ Ucharonidge, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory 247,920ha. Purchased in 2008.
DUNKELD PASTORAL COMPANY
Owned by prominent Melbourne barrister Allan Myers QC.
▼ Tipperary Group Northern Territory 400,000ha.
GRANT FARRIS Founder of Darwin’s Broadsword Marine contracting business
▼ Bullo River Station, Timber Creek, Northern Territory 162,700ha. Purchased in 2015 for $10 million.
GREAT GIANT LIVESTOCK (INDONESIA)
An offshoot of PT Great Giant Pineapple, one of the largest pineapple growing and processing company in the world.
▼ Willeroo Station, Katherine Northern Territory. Purchased in 2014.
Hughes Pastoral Group and Georgina Pastoral Company runs Lake Nash Station in the Northern Territory, near the Queensland border
HEYTESBURY CATTLE COMPANY
Owned by the Holmes a Court family and part of the Heytesbury Group of Companies, headquartered in Perth.
▼ Birrindudu Station, Katherine, Northern Territory 673,000ha.
▼ Moolooloo, Victoria River Northern Territory 203,600ha.
▼ Mt Sanford Northern Territory 249,700ha.
▼ Pigeon Hole Northern Territory 180,000ha.
▼ Victoria River Downs, Victoria River, Northern Territory 282,400ha.
HUGHES PASTORAL GROUP/GEORGINA PASTORAL COMPANY
Run by Peter and Jane Hughes and their sons Sam and Fred. Operates more than 2.25 million hectares in Queensland, the Northern Territory and NSW, including:
▼ Argadargada Station, Northern Territory
▼ Lake Nash Station, Barkly Tableland, Northern Territory 1,200,000ha.
J UMBUCK PASTORAL
Owned by the MacLachlan family. Has 12 properties in South Australia, Western Australia, the NT and NSW, totalling more than 5.75 million hectares and employing 135 staff.
▼ Killarney/Birrimba, Katherine, Northern Territory 541,400ha. Purchased in 2014.
GINA RINEHART/HANCOCK PROSPECTING
One of Australia’s richest persons and daughter of the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. Has invested significantly in agricultural land in recent years. Now the Territory’s largest land holder.
▼ Willeroo spans 171,000ha, holding around 20,000 head of cattle, Aroona Cattle station 100km west of Katherine and this year took majority ownership of the S.Kidman and Co properties.
NAPIER PASTORAL COMPANY
Owned by Greg and Sharon Vickers from Keith in South Australia
▼ Delmore Downs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
▼ Delny, Alice Springs Northern Territory
NORTH AUSTRALIAN PASTORAL COMPANY
Runs a herd of about 200,000 cattle across 13 stations totalling 5.8 million hectares in Queensland and the Northern Territory. An 80 per cent shareholding sold to Queensland Government-owned Queensland Investment Corporation for $400 million in 2016. QIC fund includes a small amount of foreign money. Remaining 20 per cent owned by the Foster family.
▼ Alexandria Station, Camooweal, Northern Territory 1,611,800ha.
NORTH STAR PASTORAL
Privately owned company operating over almost 750,000 hectares.
▼ Limbunya, Katherine Northern Territory 520,000ha.
▼ Maryfield Station, Katherine Northern Territory. 140,000ha. Purchased in 2013.
Pearling company Paspaley’s rural arm. Run prime lambs, cattle, Merinos and run one of the oldest Poll Hereford studs in Australia.
▼ Dry River Station, Katherine Northern Territory 65,000ha
▼ Melaleuca Station, Darwin Northern Territory 45,000ha.
ROMEO ROXAS (PHILIPPINES)
Filipino banker and property developer.
▼ Epenarra, Barkly Tablelands Northern Territory 265,000ha. Purchased in 2015.
▼ Murray Downs, Barkly Tablelands, Northern Territory 265,000ha. Purchased in 2015.
TIANMA BEARINGS GROUP (CHINA)
Owned by Chinese billionaire Xingfa Ma.
▼ Wollogorang/Wentworth, Gulf of Carpentaria Queensland-Northern Territory border 705,700ha. Purchased in 2015.
Live export shipping company. Listed on the ASX. Includes foreign money.
▼ Woolner Flood Plain, Darwin Northern Territory 64,700ha.
WESTERN GRAZING COMPANY
One of Australia’s largest beef producing companies, owned by the Oxenford family. Operates across almost 1.8 million hectares.
Sold two properties comprising 1.7 million hectares to Paraway Pastoral Company in 2016.
▼ Wave Hill Station, Victoria River, Northern Territory 1,200,000ha
YIANG XIANG ASSETS (CHINA)
Chinese private sector company.
▼ Elizabeth Downs, Douglas Daly, Northern Territory 205,000ha. Purchased in 2014 with 9000 cattle for $12 million.
This list was compiled from industry sources, websites and media reports. The NT News accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of this list.