Nethercote Real Estate Snapshot

Nethercote Why Live in Nethercote? History Nethercote is a small rural community of about 400 people. Its origins date back to the mid 19th century, to the early days of exploring for gold along the eastern ranges. A number of disused gold mines can be found in the area and also a not yet fully de-commissioned talc mine. Back then Nethercote was pretty much isolated. The forest surrounding the Nethercote locality contains a number of native plant preservation sites, added to the National Estate Register in 1992. The Nethercote Falls and associated Rhyolite outcrops were added to the Register in 1990. Very early in its history Nethercote was typically a bark & timber milling and sleeper cutting community. Later on, in the early 20th century, as the bush was progressively cleared, it became a dairy and cattle farming community. As a result of the declining demand for milk in the region, the land was sub-divided and sold off and the size of the community eventually grew into a non-farming community. Back in those good old days, Nethercote had its own school, post office and telephone exchange, and much of the earliest community activity was centred on the school. In response to an application to establish a school in the area, permission for such an institution was granted on September 11, 1886. Opening as a provisional school the following year, Mr William McCready was appointed as the first teacher, arriving on January 14, 1887. In January 1961, Alan Horsefield was appointed to Nethercote, and he was to be the school’s last teacher. As a result of declining attendances and improved transport methods, the Minister for Education decided to close the Nethercote Public School in February 1964, after serving that district for almost 80 years. The site is now 2 separate properties and both have been restored, but still display historic characteristics. It is not known when the post office opened in Nethercote. However, it is known that the floods of 1921 washed away Yankee Creek Bridge and a number of buildings downstream from the bridge, including the Post Office. A new post office and telephone exchange were erected on higher ground (where it still exists, though in poor repair). The last Postmistress at Nethercote, Mrs Lorna Dwyer, operated the P. O. and exchange from 1st May 1953 until 31st May 1973, when it was officially closed. The manual exchange had some years earlier been replaced by an automatic exchange, located in the adjoining paddock. Mrs Dwyer had taken over the operation from her parents, who had run the Nethercote service for even longer than her. Real Estate and Design The houses in Nethercote area are of either brick or timber construction. Some also use alternative materials like mud brick. The natural beauty of the area complements any design, and many homes are facing towards hills or down valleys to take advantage of the sweeping hill and bushland views. There are many farm-like properties, with some cattle farms still operating. Most homes are built on acreage, with a small number of sheeps or cows to graze the grass down. The main area of Nethercote, near and around the community hall, is the most populated and is very peaceful. Corrugated iron is a popular choice of roof and some of the recently constructed houses are kit-homes that were delivered by truck. Due to the private nature of the land, the houses vary in design and materials, but are difficult to see. You begin to see the community when the community hall hosts a function or when the local produce markets are held. Shopping The nearest shopping is in Pambula or Eden. The local produce markets are a fantastic way to experience some of the fresh, locally grown food. Nethercote is a great place for growing your own vegetables, particulary root vegetables. The area’s cold climate also makes it a great place for growing a range of fruit, inlcuding a variety of apples, stone fruit and citrus. Fresh food production is being actively encouraged within Nethercote and neighbouring areas by a group of locals keen to promote vegetable growing for healthy lifestyle reasons and to grow sufficient excess to sell at Nethercote\'s Seasonal Produce Markets, which are held quarterly in and around the community hall. To encourage and assist people in their growing enterprises, occasional informal information and question and answer sessions are held when local growers (professionals and gifted amateurs) share their knowledge and experience. Sports and Fitness Nethercote has a Trail Horse Rider’s Club. The activities focused on are trail and pleasure riding, horse safety awareness and social get-togethers. The club holds at least four rides a year, including the Annual Nethercote Trail Ride on the last weekend of August. New members are most welcome and the club is affiliated with the Australian Trail Horse Rider\'s Association. The Nethercote community also has an active and talented art group which exhibits regularly, opportunities for bushwalking, bird watching, cycling and swimming. Distance From Cities and Transportation Nethercote is 10 minutes from Eden and 15 minutes from Pambula. There is limited public transportation but buses are available for school children. Famous Landmarks The Nethercote Community Hall was originally built by the Nethercote Progress Association in 1910 from funds raised by the local community. The hall and served as a wonderful gathering place for the community for many years and was the popular venue for Community meetings, Dances, Christmas functions, children\'s parties, whatever. During the 1950s and 60s, the population of Nethercote declined as dairy farming in the area wound down. The Nethercote Public School closed and community activity in Nethercote gradually diminished. In 1969 the Nethercote Progress Association ceased to operate. The Community Hall began to fall into disrepair. By the 1980s it was almost falling down. In the 1990\'s the population of the area began to grow again as properties and farms were subdivided and young families started moving into the area. Over the following 12 years more than $60,000 was raised by community events and once the re-building project began, the Bega Valley Shire Council General Hall Committee provided funds of about $1,200 each year for the repair and maintenance of the Hall. In 2008, when starting to \"run out of steam\" after so many hectic fundraising years, the community applied for and was most grateful to receive $38,000 funding from the federal government. Of the original building, the only parts in a condition good enough to reuse were a brick fireplace, the wall framing (but none of the cladding, and with a fair bit of re-inforcing), the roof trusses (after re-bracing, but with none of the original roofing) and much of the timber from the floor (but none of the original joists, bearers, or stumps). A grand opening day was held on 24th October 2009 - the 99th anniversary of the original hall opening. The opening was attended by well over one hundred locals as well as local dignitaries and past residents. Restaurants and Cafes The nearest location for cafes and restaurants is either Eden or Pambula. Schools, Education and Institutions There are schools in Eden and Pambula, and there are school buses available along Nethercote Road and Back Creek Road
  • Suburb:Nethercote
  • Postcode:2551
  • Municipality:Bega Valley Shire Council