Updated: Feb 21, 2022
Bannaby shearing shed. Heritage listed landscape. Built by John Ward in 1886. Still in use and in good state of preservation.
Hillasmount homestead, heritage listed landscape, built by Matthew and Martha Hillas in 1874
Bec and her husband Mal Brierley purchased this historic property on Adavale Road seven years ago. The property is the site of the Bannaby Post Office and telephone exchange which serviced the Bannaby area from the 1890’s through to 1957. The postoffice still stands and it is their intention to renovate this slab and weatherboard hut. 'It is our goal to retain historical building practices on our property. We want our property to look and feel like it has been lost in time. Having a Powerline passing through our property will lose its authenticity.' says Bec.
Sheep and cattle as Mal Bierley’s only source of income. 'We maintain a healthy balance between open pasture and bushland. Adavale is in a very unique micro-climate in comparison to neighbouring properties. As we are situated in our own little valley of 1,000 acres, many species of plant and animal thrive in this environment as we generally do not receive the harsh winters and strong winds that our elevated neighbours endure.' says Bec Bierley
Bannaby Creek. Numerous sitings of platypus in this pristine waterway. One in particular was at 11pm at night crossing the concrete causeway along the council owned Adavale Road. A road which trucks, cranes, excavators etc will be using to gain access to our property to build transmission lines on our property.
We have also have regular sitings of lyrebirds, lizards, birds, wedgetail eagles, owls, kangaroos/wallabies, echidnas, possums and microbats to name a few. We farm in our pastured areas, but we also have a very dense, untouched natural landscape where animals are free to live without threat from predators or their habitat. Most of these areas are inaccessible, and can only be reached on foot. Transgrid is proposing to not only erect towers in these areas, but also clear a corridor to gain machinery access and enable future maintenance and access to these towers. Transgrid CANNOT erect towers without crossing our creek system in at least one spot, if not several creek crossing spots.
Bannaby School which was located on Bec and Mal's property from 1900 to 1948.
Picturesque photo of Adavale and one of the original cottages built on the property by the early settlers.