A Pilbara Aboriginal corporation is selling its Gascoyne cattle stations to help repay a multi-million dollar debt. The Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation has listed its 307,000ha Maroonah and Mangaroon cattle stations, ending plans to produce its own branded beef. BTAC is the governing body for Native Title land around Onslow in the Pilbara. The Maroonah and Mangaroon stations, which BTAC bought in 2018 from WA pastoralist Glen Dellar, are listed through Greg Smith of Elders Real Estate and are expected to fetch about $3 million. BTAC also recently sold its 1530ha Diamond Downs property near Dandaragan for almost $2m to a local farmer as part of its asset sales to reduce debt. The corporation had big aspirations for the properties, voicing plans to establish its own beef brand using cattle from the stations, which would be finished on a feedlot to be built at Diamond Downs and processed at Gingin. But it was put into special administration in January. At that point it had $12m in debt. The special administrator identified spending, including $3.3m on legal fees, $1.2m on accommodation and meals, and $1m in travel over a two-and-a-half year period. A spokesman for BTAC said the sale of Maroonah and Mangaroon was aligned with the corporation’s restructure that started under special administration, and it expected to recoup its initial investment. “We would look favourably on keeping the assets within indigenous ownership and welcome market offers from other indigenous organisations,” he said. BTAC also owns other businesses, including petrol stations and a vehicle leasing company.