Baby Frances will never meet her dad and grandfather but four months after lifesavers Andy and Ross died trying to save a tourist, the new arrival is bringing joy to the Powell family.
Andy's partner Amber Griffiths gave birth to their first child Frances Elizabeth about 1am Monday, and the arrival of the healthy baby girl signals a time of change for the family which has decided to sell the Cooriemungle farm.
Andy's brother, Kerryn, who left his job in Queensland "indefinitely" to work on the farm after the Port Campbell tragedy, said Frances was the first grandchild in the Powell family.
"It's an exciting time," he said.
"We're all excited for the future and happy she's had a healthy baby girl and look forward to watching her grow up and Amber having a successful and happy life in whatever she chooses to do in the future."
Ross and Andy Powell died on April 21 when their rescue boat overturned while they were attempting to rescue a tourist who had been swept into the ocean near Sherbrook River.
The family has made the tough decision to sell the Cooriemungle farm which has been in the family since 1939.
Andy's grandfather had named the property Warraboon - a combination of Warracknabeal, where he'd moved from, and nearby Timboon.
Selling agent Brian Gleeson said the 1000-acre dairy property was made up of three different lots - the 550-acre family home, 340 acres known as Kerandale which is named after sons Kerryn, Andy and Dale, and a 120-acre outpaddock called Review.
"Obviously the circumstances are very tragic and we want to do the best we can for the family," Mr Gleeson said.
It will be sold by expressions of interest as a whole or in three individual lots. Offers close September 17.
Kerryn said that, ideally, they would like the herd to be sold with the farm but know that might not be possible.
"These are dad's original cows, he's had this bloodline longer than I've been alive," he said.
"We have already sold some young stock and calves to a cousin this year so there will always be part of the herd over there with them."
Kerryn had left behind a life on the farm in 2011 and had been living with his wife in Mackay where he worked in the coal mines.
But after the Easter Sunday tragedy that took his dad and brother, Kerryn told his employer that he would not be able to come back to work "indefinitely".
"I moved to the farm with my wife. She stayed for a month working with me on the farm but she had to go back to Mackay.
"I haven't actually seen her for about two-and-a-half months."
After the tragedy, a handful of neighbours and friends put their hands up to help on the farm which was just weeks away from calving season.
While admitting to being "pretty lost for the first couple of days", Kerryn then chatted to Amber about setting some short-term goals on the farm.
Knowing the cows were about to calve, they decided to get through that first and then look at the future.
"We've had 30 cows calving a day, it's been such a tight calving pattern," Kerryn said.
"Amber's been brilliant, she was working right up til day dot on the farm. She wanted to get out there and see it be successful.
"She's just a fantastic woman. It's very upsetting the whole situation. She didn't stop and she was thinking about the business.
"I'm super proud of what she's done especially after what she's had to go through."
Andy's parents had moved off the farm earlier in the year and mum, Val, had been preparing for a housewarming party the day of the tragedy.
"Dad would have been able to travel around in his motor home and just want to settle down with mum," Kerryn said.
He said the decision to sell the farm had to come from Val and Amber.
"We fully supported anything they wanted to do," Kerryn said.
"The farm isn't for me."
He was proud of what his dad and brother had done at the farm, such as the sub-surface drainage.
Kerryn said Andy had planned months in advance what he wanted for the farm. When Amber went to talk to the consultant about what type of bulls to get for Artificial Insemination, she found Andy had already arranged everything.
"He'd planned ahead how he wanted it to run, what he wanted to do, how he wanted the herd to go. He thought ahead," Kerryn said.
"We've got every intention of, when we eventually walk away from here, being able to say we did our best to run it how they had."
He said selling the farm was all about "looking to the future".
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