Photos: PAUL MENSCH
A UNIQUE slice of Sunraysia history will go on the market tomorrow – and it could be yours for the right price!
The property in question – a former World War 2 Royal Australian Air Force underground fuel bunker at Yelta, belongs to Steve Gooding.
Steve and his wife, Fran, purchased the bunker – and four others just like it – way back in 2006. They converted one into “a six-bedroom underground house” for themselves, sold off another two, and now Stephen and his son, Zachary, have listed the fourth.
The Goodings, and their own six-bedroom property, was featured in the Mildura Weekly in early 2007.
The bunkers were capable of storing three million litres of fuel, and were used from 1942 to 1947 as RAAF Spitfire aircraft carried out training drills while based at Mildura Airport.
Later they were used to store oil by the NSW Water Commission.
Steve told the Mildura Weekly way back in 2007 that the ambitious transformation began by removing dirt from in and around what would be the front section of the home.
The original entry to the bunker was via a large manhole about two metres in diameter at the top. Due to the thickness and strength of the bunker walls, the only way to begin the conversion was with the use of explosives.
The bunkers consist of 30-centimetre thick concrete with a 12-centimetre plate steel lining.
The two-level property up for auction tomorrow has been partially renovated, is set on 5000m2 of land at 2 Nemstas Lane, and has a $260,000 to $280,000 price guide on it.
Steve, PICTURED, this week said that the interest around the property had proved to be “more excitement than I can handle.”
“Until the day you just don’t know what’s going to happen, but it’s certainly been an exciting build-up!” he said.
Professionals Mildura agent Tony Graham, who will oversee tomorrow’s auction, said that the interest around the property had been really strong.
He added that increased local and even national media coverage around the site had helped lift the profile of the sale.
“We’ve had really good numbers at our open days, and the extra publicity has certainly helped lift interest in the site,” Mr Graham said. “We’re expected a good turnout tomorrow, and being an auction, anything can happen!”
Mr Graham said the re-converted bunker was without doubt “the most unique property I’ve ever come across.”
Tomorrow’s auction is scheduled to get under way from 10.30am at 2 Nemstas Lane, Yelta.