Humans of the Wheatbelt

Humans of the Wheatbelt is a disability project that celebrates inclusion within the community.

There is always someone in each story that has a disability whether it is the human, interviewer, photographer or writer.

I was born in York, but I grew up in Rockingham. My family moved there for schooling and also for better work opportunities. For a while, I worked in health food in Perth and I never expected to end up in Beverley, but I think the sense of community is really huge here. Tourists always mention the fact that the locals say hello when walking down the street, which is completely different from the way it is in Perth.

I’ve been working here in Beverley as the Coordinator of the Community Resource Centre for the past ten years. I’ve worked with my best friend for eight of those years, which I’ve really enjoyed. She’s the Assistant Coordinator and bookkeeper. They’ve put us in the back in separate rooms now, so I think it’s becoming obvious how friendly we are, seeing as they’re trying to keep us apart!

The Community Resource Centre runs activities like Lego Club, which is especially good for those kids who aren’t into sports and don’t like competing. Some kids just want to chill out and be with other kids, but not in a competitive sense. Lego Club has become so popular that we’ve had to split the group and put it on two days a week. It’s also popular with parents as it means they don’t have to clean up all the Lego mess at home! Lego Club costs two dollars, which basically covers the food. We receive funding to run this and other programs.

Here at the CRC, we also run a diverse range of activities like Bingo, resume writing, knitting and crochet. There are volunteer afternoons such as barbecues and Harmony Week activities. There’s a creche for the early years which runs over at the school. There’s also the Toy Library and Story Time which runs once a month. We try to cover everyone’s needs over the course of the year, which can be a bit of a challenge.

The best moments of my life so far would have to be getting married and having kids. I met my husband in a shearing shed, because my family are all shearing predominant. I was a roustabout and he used to be a shearer, but he’s been a truck driver for years now. My husband is part of the bowls club here in town, but he broke his back last New Year’s Eve falling off a motorbike and he is still recovering from surgery.

I coached junior netball in Beverley for four or five years and we won some premiership plates during that time. My daughter played netball from the age of four and we competed against teams from Pingelly and Brookton. She recently graduated from St Joseph’s in Northam. She started there in Year 6, which was a big decision. We said, ‘do you want to sleep in your bed every night or do you want to board?’ She wanted to sleep in her bed, so we moved from the farm into town. For the past six years, she’s travelled an hour and a half to and from school each day, which shows her commitment. Now she probably needs a break before starting university.

Some of my step-children have finished university and are travelling around the world. One is in San Francisco travelling and another came to Beverley recently to see his sister graduate from high school. I don’t have any grandchildren yet but I can see them coming along in the future.

One of my passions is cooking and another is creating a community garden, which is something I’ve wanted to do for years. Gardening, cooking . . . I’m a real homebody, come to think of it! I also like to go on holidays in Australia and find out what this country is all about.

My family come from New Zealand and I’ve only visited half of them, so I need to go back and visit the other half sometime. Even though I live in Australia, I always back the Diamonds in the netball and the All Blacks in the rugby.

My saddest moment would have to be the death of my father. The most influential person in my life is my mother, as she always keeps me in line. My advice is just to be kind and to treat others how you would like to be treated.

I’m always laughing, even in my sleep.

Human - Amor Moulton
Interviewer & photographer - Anna Cornish
Writer - Guy Salvidge

Beverley, Western Australia Beverley Community Resource Centre Shire of Beverley Linkwest

Humans of the Wheatbelt is a Wheatbelt Health Network project supported by Department of Communities.


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