Cheela Plains Station is a family owned and managed cattle station located in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara in Western Australia. Along with the grazing enterprise, Evan and Robin Pensini also manage a contracting business and station stay accommodation.
With 30 years’ experience in ‘Outback Australia’, Evan and Robin welcome you to the heart of the Pilbara.
The STATION STAY offers an ideal stop over between the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef and Karijini National Park. The facilities include a fully serviced air conditioned “multi” bedroom complex with shared kitchen and ablutions, camping areas, conference rooms, wireless internet access, cell phone coverage and approximately 150 square metres of undercover area.
Cheela Plains CONTRACTING offers a range of services including machinery, operator and labour hire, environmental consultancy and machinery and fuel storage. No job is too big or too small.
The pastoral lease now known as Cheela Plains Station was part of Wyloo Station, owned by the Pensini Family, until 2001 when Evan and Robin Pensini established it as its own individual station with a vision to be industry leaders in sustainable and renewable pastoral practices, with proven results and to be sure in the knowledge of keeping the pastoral rangeland in excellent condition for future generations.
Cheela Plains is in a very fragile land system and experiences extremely variable rainfall with an annual average of 289 mm. With the aim of improving the Cheela Plain and reducing overheads Evan and Robin implemented a rest-based grazing management system. An encouraging indicator supporting improvement in the rangelands was the government land survey conducted in 2008 which reported 11% of the property to be in poor condition as opposed to 66% in poor condition in the 1978 survey. Further evidence of the positive benefits of rest-based grazing is the re-colonisation of perennial grasses and shrubs never seen in Evan’s 30 year history on the property.
Unfortunately, due to continuous below average rainfall seasons, Cheela Plains was completely destocked in 2010. While it was an extremely difficult decision to implement, the benefits for the environment have been huge. In 2012 stock were re-introduced in the less fragile areas of the property. The year 2012 also saw the introduction of the Station Stay and Contracting enterprises.
Cheela Plains is confident grass is an extremely beneficial tool in sequestering carbon and developing a carbon offset enterprise. Improving degraded lands such as the rangelands provides a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on sequestered carbon. As part of the Carbon Capture Project completed in 2010 by the Department of Agriculture and Food conducted over a three year period, carbon levels on Cheela Plains were measured and recorded providing a benchmark.
Evan and Robin are passionate about preserving the Australian Outback for their children and grandchildren to enjoy for many years to come.