Lefroy loses bid to keep Ningaloo Station running

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Jane Lefroy has lost an appeal to hold on to Ningaloo Station
Camera IconJane Lefroy has lost an appeal to hold on to Ningaloo Station Credit: WA News

The last remaining Lefroy on Ningaloo Station has lost a Supreme Court bid to hold on to the legacy property 100km south of Exmouth, likely ending a near-century long family affiliation with the region.

Former Ningaloo Station managers Jane Lefroy and Phil Kendrick had been in a bitter dispute with the State Government since refusing to sign a renewal deal which would have seen coastal land used for camping excised from the property.

Other stations along the Ningaloo coast begrudgingly agreed to the excise, but Ningaloo Station did not budge, resulting in the lease being terminated in 2015.

The pair went through mediation in an attempt to keep the station, but Supreme Court Justice Janine Pritchard dismissed their case last Friday.

Ms Lefroy and Mr Kendrick were weighing up an appeal at time of print.

The decision comes as the State Government presses ahead with future management plans for the coastal strip between Red Bluff and Winderabandi Point.

A draft plan is open for public comment until May 14. It would see further built accommodation banned and addition of more camping areas limited.

Dogs would only be allowed in designated areas and camp fires only at permitted sites. Off-road motorbikes would be banned and many tracks closed for dune rehabilitation.

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