The planned sale of 93 hectares of prime land east of Yarrawonga will help meet the demand for future growth and continue expansion of the town east of Woods Road.
The prime land for sale borders the Murray Valley Highway and has been in the Gorman family since 1873. The land was rezoned from Rural to General Residential under the title of Glanmire Park Estate in October, 2007.
The zoning originally included the entire property bounded by Woods Road, Cahills Road, Botts Road and Murray Valley Highway. A large section of this zoned land closest to the town centre will now go up for sale.
John Gorman, who owns the land with his five siblings, will continue to farm the remainder of the land but said the time had come to realise some of the land’s potential for residential and commercial purposes.
“We have seen substantial growth of the town around the farm since it was rezoned and the timing now appears good for all concerned,” John Gorman said.
The family’s decision comes 100 years after the death of the original settler, Mr Gorman’s great-grandfather and namesake John Murray Gorman.
Gorman, who came from Kilmore, selected 1500 acres (607 hectares) in 1873 and arrived in Yarrawonga two years later. With him came wife Mary, eight surviving children and two of his sisters whose husbands had been killed in farm accidents.
The sisters, who had young children, were Mrs Cahill and Mrs Flanagan, surnames still found in Yarrawonga.
Clearing the massive grey box trees to grow wheat became Gorman’s first priority.
He built his original homestead on the corner of Murray Valley Highway and Woods Road, now the site of the new medical clinic.
An enterprising businessman, Gorman started Gorman’s store in Belmore Street in 1900 and also had branches in Berrigan and Oaklands.
His younger son WJ (Bill) Gorman ran the stores and his other two sons Jack and Tom were the farmers.
At the time of his death in 1917, Gorman was a senior resident honorary magistrate in Yarrawonga as well as a storekeeper and hotelier.
Jack Gorman sold his farm and moved to Griffith in 1928 while Tom, Mr Gorman’s grandfather, continued farming until his death in 1948.
Mr Gorman worked on the farm alongside his father Maurice for 30 years.
“Not being a man to take risks, Dad was very proud of his heritage and wanted to farm the original selection rather than selling it over previous decades,” Mr Gorman said.
The initial zoning of the entire Glanmire Park plan had a scope of 1,300 residential lots, gateway wetlands, a ‘village green’ adjacent to the neighbourhood centre, a neighbourhood hub to meet a wide range of social, community and recreational needs, a revegetation area, trees in open space and bike/walkways.
Colliers International’s Kim McQueen and Shane McIntyre have been appointed to the expressions-of-interest campaign on behalf of the Gorman family, saying they anticipated enquiry from a wide range of domestic and international developers.
Ms McQueen said it was a “a real privilege” to be marketing a landholding with such a significant local history.
“The Gormans were a pioneering family back in the 1850s and the family is synonymous with Yarrawonga as one of the major land holders and farming families in the district,” she said.
Ms McQueen said Glanmire Park Estate represented a unique opportunity to purchase an expansive development site in a growing regional centre.
“This parcel of land is a strategic part of the Moira Shire Council’s residential growth plan for the region and presents endless scope for development,” she said.
“We are seeing an increase in demand for assets such as Glanmire Park in regional areas – particularly those experiencing population growth and increased tourist traction.
“Yarrawonga is the fastest-growing town within the Moira Shire and has become a vibrant and progressive place to live, work and do business.”
Expressions of interest close Wednesday, October 11 at 2pm.