Trust for Nature acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Neds Corner Station, the Ngintait people.
When Trust for Nature purchased Neds Corner Station on Ngintait Country in 2002 the land had been degraded by over a century of grazing and cropping. Since then the changes have been remarkable.
Since we took over management of the property, Trust for Nature has worked with partners and supporters to improve and maintain habitat on Neds Corner Station. Grazed areas have been restored and revegetated and pest animals controlled.
These achievements would not have been possible without the passion, dedication and support of many.
Trust for Nature’s vision to purchase and protect the property was enabled by a number of forward-looking supporters including the RE Ross Trust, the Federal Government’s National Reserve System and The Nature Conservancy. Since then, the support of foundations, volunteers and donors has helped us restore this precious conservation reserve, including the refurbishment of the homestead and other buildings, the installation of solar panels, the creation of a virtual herbarium and significant habitat restoration.
In particular we acknowledge property managers Colleen and Peter Barnes, who have lived and worked on Neds Corner since 2008. They have been responsible for some remarkable achievements, including the revegetation of all former cropping land, the creation of a 500 ha predator and herbivore-free enclosure, and the discovery of at least 21 species new to science.
Their work on rabbit control has seen over 25,000 rabbit burrows removed, for which Peter received a UN Public Service Award in 2019. As advocates for conservation they share their passion and dedication with many in the community, host volunteers, supporters and colleagues on the station.
Trust for Nature’s incredible staff continue to manage Neds Corner as we transition towards transferring it to its Traditional Owners in 2024. Given the forthcoming transfer it is appropriate to acknowledge and show our appreciation for the outstanding efforts of all who have helped nurture Neds Corner since 2002 to its current flourishing state.
While it’s impossible to name every individual and organisation that has supported our work on Neds Corner, here are some key contributors.
Peter Barnes, Station Manager
Colleen Barnes, Assistant Station Manager
Dr Michael Looker, director
Jack Aldridge, manager
Trilby Gillett, manager
Murray Walker, caretaker
Dana Brazionis, caretaker
Jack and Edna McPherson, caretakers
Ken Beasley, ranger
Anthony ‘Blue’ Pay
Deanna Marshall, Area Manager
Greg Ogle, Senior Conservation Officer and Acting Area Manager
Trustees at time of purchase
Brian Snape, Chairperson
Janet Limb, Chairperson (from December 2002)
Prof Richard Cotton
We thank all subsequent board members for their work on Neds Corner Station.
RE Ross Trust
The Nature Conservancy
National Reserve System
Norman Wettenhall Foundation
Brian and Diana Snape
David Thomas Challenge
and many individual donors
Trish and Gary Kelly
Jeanie and Peter Kelly
Jack McPherson, Volunteer caretaker
Edna McPherson, Volunteer caretaker
Millewa Pioneer Village
Rodger Riordan AM
Flow and Bill Symes
And many other volunteers.
Arthur Rylah Institute
Australian Wildlife Conservancy
BirdLife Australia & Mildura Bird Observers Club
Conservation Volunteers Australia
First People of the Millewa Mallee Aboriginal Corporation
First Peoples – State Relations
Lower Murray Water
Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Mallee Regional Landcare
Mildura Rural City Council
Murray Offroad Adventures
Norman (Tinawin) Wilson
Stefano de Pieri
Ian Sluiter (Ogyris)