Andrew Forrest buys back Minderoo, the cattle station he grew up on

Self-made mining magnate and entrepreneur Andrew Forrest grew up on Minderoo Station near Onslow in the Pilbara. Minderoo was in the Forrest family for 120 years but his father Don eventually sold it in disillusionment in 1998, after years of drought and mounting debt. Andrew has just bought back the 226,585 ha station with 10,000 cattle, for $12 million. I think everyone who grew up on a family farm anywhere, however large or small, and who have had to move away from it, can imagine how spectacular this must feel. It’s a fabulous story. Read the background to it in episode 3 of the ABC Television ‘Dynasty’ programme, made in 2005, and then read about Andrew Forrest buying Minderoo back in The West Australian newspaper and in Farm Weekly.

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