Host: Anna Plains Station
Managers/Owners: David, Helen and John Stoate
Region: Kimberley, Western Australia
Rainfall: 400mm pa
Nearest town for shopping, doctors etc., Broome 270km, 17km on dirt off the highway to Homestead, nearest roadhouse is Sandfire.
Number of Cattle: 18,000 head
Number of staff: 6 full time staff and 5 seasonal workers
Size of station: 381,537 ha or 943,000 acres
How often and how the mail is delivered: Twice a week via road
How often and how the stores shopping is done: Usually once a week to Broome
How far off the bitumen you are: 17 kms
My name is Helen Campion and together with my husband, David Stoate, I manage Anna Plains Station. ‘Anna’ is proudly run and owned by the Stoate family with 3 generations still calling it home today and who’s involvement dates back to 1983.
Anna Plains Station is located on the remote Kimberley coast of northern Western Australia, approximately 250km south of Broome. It is just under one million acres of open rangeland stretching from the shores of the Eighty Mile Beach to the Great Sandy Desert.
My husband David Stoate and I took over management in 2006. Prior to this I was a city girl working at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney as an operating room nurse while David worked at Rabobank. The time had come for David’s father, John Stoate, to hand over the reins to the next generation … and so we came, along with our two wonderful children, Timothy and Joanna, having no prior experience working on a station to discover a way of living, loving and working.
We run the station in an environmentally sustainable manner to produce cattle for both domestic and international markets. Such practices include matching the cattle in a paddock to the feed available, allowing the cattle to graze and the land to recover as nature intended. This holistic approach which I was able to translate to station work from my years of nursing aims to benefit not only the land and the cattle in their quality of life whilst being reared here at Anna.
Our ‘crew’ consists of fulltime staff, seasonal workers and backpackers. The jobs, like the people vary depending on what the cattle and land command of us, but ever-present roles include a cook, boreman, mechanic, plant operator and stockmen. Every one of my staff and the roles they fill are vital to the smooth operation of the station.
Host: Anna Plains Station Written by Helen Campion, Station owner/ manager. Mardie, 61 year old gentleman celebrating his 3rd birthday on the Plains. The humming of the Royal Flying Doctor Services (RFDS) jet engine approaching was a comforting sound after a long night of uncertainty. Touchdown on our all weather gravel airstrip gave us […]
Host: Anna Plains Station Written by Helen Campion, Station owner/ manager. It’s been twelve years since we left our house in Sydney to live on a cattle station in the Kimberley. The time has flown by. The little children we brought out from the city have grown up, so much so that one is at […]
Host: Anna Plains Station Written by Tim Stoate When your parents decide to live 270kms from the nearest town, growing up in regional Western Australia is as interesting as it is different from the typical child. I was very fortunate in my upbringing. Having just under one-million acres to play around on was any little […]
Host: Anna Plains Station Written by Helen Campion, Station owner/ manager. The sound of the alarm to get the camp moving at 5.10am sometimes comes around too quickly for a few members of the crew. Others have been smart and gone to bed early the night before. However, all are present for a 5.30 am […]
Host: Anna Plains Station Written by David Stoate. The ten years since we moved from the city life to outback life have been tumultuous from a personal point of view but also from an industry point of view, with more ups and downs than the Grand Old Duke of York. Back in 2006 the industry […]
Host: Anna Plains Station Written by Jackson Scott – Stationhand. G’day my name is Jackson Scott, and this year I’ve been working on Anna Plains Station. I’m an 18 year old from the other side of Australia – Dubbo. I was born and raised in Dubbo growing up on a vineyard which my parents own […]
Host: Anna Plains Station “Have you always been a cook?” That is the question that inevitably leads me to tell the story of how my husband, Scotty, and I came to be at Anna Plains Station. Quite simply the answer is no. So how did we end up here? In mid-2015, with our wedding around […]
Host: Anna Plains Station Written by Helen Campion. It has been nearly 11 years since we left our city life to take up residence on a cattle station south of Broome to assist my husband’s father in running the business. We arrived on the 26th of January 2006, a significant date, being Australia Day, and […]
Host: Anna Plains Station Written by David Stoate – Owner/Manager, Anna Plains Station. Plenty has been heard in recent years about the opportunity that China represents for Australian business. The northern beef industry is at the centre of this opportunity. The Department of Agriculture and Food in Western Australia has estimated that an increase in per capita […]
Host: Anna Plains Station Written by Helen Campion – Owner/Manager, Anna Plains Station. The darkest hour is before the dawn or so the saying goes. I am not sure whether the saying is actually true, but it is what nearly everyone in the northern cattle industry was hoping a few years ago. It seemed like that just […]