When John Starr first moved to Gold Creek Station farm in 1970, it was more than 1400 hectares and comprised all of what is now Taylor, Casey, Ngunnawal, two-thirds of Moncrieff and the northern third of Nicholls, all suburbs in Canberra.
Now the property is only about 400 hectares and is fully within Hall.
The farm has definitely seen many changes but what hasn't changed in all that time is the custodianship John Starr gives to the land.
Conservation is prioritised and he is protective of the land's native pastures.
His weed management is second to none. If John Starr sees a weed it's cut straight away.
Different parts of the farm are managed in varying ways. Steeper soil is managed with shallow soils and less stock is run on lighter country.
When asked why he does what he does, John Starr, who is almost 80, offers a simple explanation.
"It's in your DNA and it's in your philosophy," he said.
Indeed the farming gene in the Starrs goes way back and John's son Craig, who now manages Gold Creek Station, has continued that tradition.
"Our family if you go back father-to-father-to-father we have all been farmers," Craig Starr said.
"In our DNA is that if you need something you just have to do it."
Their land care work is supported by the Ginninderra Catchment Group.
In one section of the Gold Creek Station farm is a cluster of 6000 trees and what's even more impressive is they were all planted in one day. The planting was part of a Landcare Olympics event about 20 years ago.
"Geez I was tired that day," John Starr said.
As the farm shrank it has adapted and the main attraction is the events and function centre. It hosts various functions and is even an attraction for international tourists who visit the farm to watch live sheep shearing and get the Australian farm experience.
After a run of unlucky years 2020 brought hope to the farm. In 2015, the function centre was destroyed by a fire and then came several years of a devastating drought.
But in 2020, a year that was awful for so many, brought hope to the farm.
"In late 2019 the farm was looking like dirt, there was no green grass or anything and it was just terrible," Craig Starr said.
"2020 has almost been ideal really for farming with the rain and the weather, it has rained at the right time ... it's just really nice."
The good year was something Craig Starr, like many farmers, could not have foreseen.
"In 2019 we had the drought and it was looking really bad so I ended up just making the decision to sell all of our breeding ewes just before Christmas. That was a bad decision," he said.
One of the features of the farm is a nature reserve called Kinsleyside. The reserve was home to more than 120 species of grass and more than 100 species of birds. It is supposed to be one of the best bird breeding habitats in Canberra.
The Starrs' farm is profiled as part of a series of virtual farm tours by Landcare ACT, which is funded by the government's smart farms small grant scheme.