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Noose of red tape kills history
The West Australian

The stunning Brickhouse Station has been in his family for almost 150 years but Paull Burt cannot wait to leave.

He describes government interference and bureaucracy as the number one reason he is making a move towards "the quiet life" down south.

After more than 30 years running the 220,000ha west Gascoyne property, he said he was under pressure from family not to offload the cattle station but he no longer wanted to deal with the difficulties associated with the industry.

"We're set upon by various government departments, private enterprises, individuals . . . wanting different aspects of our property," Mr Burt said. "They either want to come on to the place to shoot animals or I've got councils wanting to use different parts to get road base for their roads.

"The levee banks which protect Carnarvon are all on Brickhouse.

"We would dearly love the Government to take it over because so many government departments are knocking on my door all the time wanting a piece of this or a piece of that.

"I just want a quiet existence, I'm sick of bureaucratic interference." Mr Burt's wife Rebecca is a commercial pilot, a career she hopes to pursue further once they have left the station. They plan to leave the cattle industry and find a secluded spot in the South West for the next phase of their lives.

"This is a beautiful homestead and grounds but it's a noose around my neck," Mr Burt said.

"It costs a lot of money to maintain. I should be out there making money for my family. I think if you came up here and you approached every pastoralist in the west Gascoyne I'd say that 95 per cent would sell if they had the opportunity."