Host: Koordarrie Station
Managers/ Owners: Rory & Kristie de Pledge
Region: West Pilbara, WA
Nearest town for shopping, doctors etc: Onslow, WA
Nearest roadhouse: As above
Number of cattle: 4,000
Number of staff: It can fluctuate from 2 to 10 depending on the time of year
Size of station: Approx 320,000 acres
Average rainfall: 270 mm
How often and how the mail is delivered: Weekly via the mail truck from Carnarvon (4 hours away), delivered to highway drop off point 70 kilometres away or at neighbouring station 35 kilometres away.
How often and how the stores shopping is done: Every Monday and till Tuesday lunchtime when truck is loaded, via email and phone calls.
How far off the bitumen you are: 70 kilometres, very unreliable road to highway in even small rainfall event.
The de Pledge family have been breathing new life into Koordarrie as a stand alone property, as the homestead had been abandoned and the station itself, run as part of the neighbouring station for the previous 30 years.
Rory and Kristie have strong roots in the soil of WA. With themselves being 3rd and 4th generation pastoralists, their 3 young children are being brought up in the same experience rich environment as they did.
Koordarrie runs approximately 4000 Droughtmaster cattle, for domestic and international beef consumption. They place emphasis on handling cattle in a low stress and quietly efficient manner. Horses are used extensively for mustering and weaner education. Breeding their own horses for work and pleasure is a joy they are just beginning.
The de Pledges look forward to sharing more of their activities on Koordarrie with you and giving you a small insight into life on a station.
Host: Koordarrie Station Written by Nanthus van der Lely My name is Nanthus van der Lely I was born on 16th of April 1997 in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. My early childhood was complicated due to the fact that my parents were divorced, but as the youngest of three children I never felt a lack of love […]
Host: Koordarrie Station Written by Eddie Vanderstadt In November 2011 myself, Maggie (my wife) and our 11 year old daughter Tea set out from, Melbourne Victoria, on an adventure to travel around Australia. We had no definite plan of where we would go and no timeframe, other than we were travelling west along the coast. It […]
Host: Koordarrie Station Written by Kristie de Pledge During 2016 it became apparent to Rory and I that the kids needed a teacher. Someone who took it seriously. The other someones had not quite worked out as we had hoped and it fell to me to take on the cap of Teacher as well. So in […]
Host: Koordarrie Station Written by Kristie de Pledge It’s been almost seven years at Koordarrie. Wow. What a journey so far and I have to be honest, there was some very close times when I thought I could easily throw a bag and the kids/horses in the truck and get out of here permanently. But those […]
Host: Koordarrie Station Written by Kristie de Pledge Hello world! It’s been a while since I wrote blogs for Central Station. I’ve been busy – busy reproducing, teaching, gardening, campdrafting, volunteering, plus parenting – loving, despairing and forgiving all in the space of seconds. Some days have been an exercise of one foot in front of […]