Barnaby Joyce puts Tamworth house with a swimming pool up for sale

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Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce has put his former Tamworth family home up for sale ahead of an auction set for February next year and price expectations of more than $1 million.

This is the four-bedroom house with a swimming pool on 2.33 hectares in Loomberah that Joyce and his former wife Natalie Abberfield bought for $700,000 in 2013.

The former family home of Natalie and Barnaby Joyce in Loomberah on the outskirts of Tamworth.Credit: Domain

At the time, Joyce had withdrawn from the Senate to run in the 2013 federal election for a seat in the House of Representatives as the member for New England.

He was later made deputy prime minister, but stepped down in 2018 after news broke that he was having an affair with his then staffer Vikki Campion, who was pregnant with their son Sebastian.

The following year, Joyce and Campion had another baby, Thomas, by which time his 24-year marriage to Abberfield had ended.

Barnaby Joyce with his four daughters at the family home in Loomberah at Christmas, 2016.Credit: @Barnaby_Joyce on Twitter

In 2020, court orders transferred ownership of the Joyce family home in Loomberah to Joyce alone.

There was no comment from Joyce’s office about why he is selling, but the house has been leased since 2020, initially for $650 a week.

Ray White Tamworth’s Glenda Douglas was yet to respond to inquiries at the time of publication.

The median house price in the Tamworth council area reached $490,000 in the September quarter, up 6.5 per cent in the past year, on Domain data.

Joyce’s selling plans come a month after he and Campion tied the knot in front of more than 80 guests at the family’s farm Danglemah near Walcha, in the state’s north-east.

The Loomberah house last traded in 2013 for $700,000.Credit: Domain

Title records show Joyce also owns a 970-hectare farm in the Pilliga region, the first half bought with Abberfield in Gwabegar in 2006 for $230,000 and an adjoining block added two years later for $342,000.

Joyce’s ownership of the marginal farmland, backing onto the Pilliga West State Conservation Area, caused controversy ahead of the 2013 federal election when it was revealed the land was subject to a petroleum exploration licence.

At the time Joyce said he planned to sell the properties, acknowledging that his ownership could be “viewed as a conflict of interest” with the coal seam gas industry. However, it was never sold and Joyce has had sole ownership of both parcels since 2020.

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