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 and bred in Quairading. I think my favourite memories of growing up were the special times out on the farm. We used to go on bush picnics on Sundays as a family and, in the spring, there was a creek running and plenty of wildflowers.

My family are here in Quairading too; Mum and Dad are still running the farm. I don’t ever see Dad retiring from the farm, but I suppose he will sometime in the next decade. One of my brothers is a geologist working for BHP and the other has recently finished studying an Agricultural Business degree at Curtin University and is working in a precision ag start-up.

I do hope that one of my brothers will come home to help run the farm; one is twenty-nine and the other is twenty-two.

My year group at primary school was very small, we only ever had about fourteen students. I think I’m the only one of those fourteen who has come back to live in Quairading as an adult, currently. Outside of farming, there aren’t heaps of employment opportunities here, but in recent years there’s been an influx of young guys and families returning to farms. We have a bright future and the town is quite attractive to young families.

I spent six or seven years away for boarding school and university, where I studied Commerce at Curtin University, and I’ve been back in town for four years now.

I always liked living in a small community like Quairading and, when I was offered a job at the Quairading Community Resource Centre, I decided to return home. I like the fact that here you know the people in the community and the people you are working with and striving to provide benefit for. Quairading isn’t too far from Perth so we aren’t too isolated either.

Working for the Quairading Community Resource Centre, we’re all about creating an even better community and a better life for people. We do a lot of community building activities and events, offering training and support for local businesses and being a hub for the local community.

There are lots of things I’m proud of but, overall, I’m proudest of my efforts (with lots of others) in changing how some committees run in Quairading – making them more accessible for young people and hopefully more sustainable.

I like helping to make people excited and happy. Instead of complaining about what we don’t have here in town, I like to encourage people to get keen and come along for the ride.

I’m involved in lots of community groups and that is definitely a passion of mine. I’m the Secretary of the local Agricultural Society and I’m a committee member of the local football club, the Quairading Bulls. I’m also part of Quairading Curtain Raisers, which is a local theatre group. I like to get involved in the community and it’s something I enjoy.

My parents brought me up that way, purely by being so involved and generous themselves, and they are still involved in a lot of community activities. There are heaps of community events that I look forward to every year. For instance, as part of the local Rainmakers group, this year we did a special dinner with Fervor that consisted of a fine dining experience in a remote location using native ingredients.

I’ve travelled a little bit in my life and I’ve been to the United States a couple of times. I really liked San Francisco because of how diverse and friendly it is. There are a lot of ‘beautiful weirdos’ over there! I went to a friend’s wedding in Los Angeles and that was really cool too.

I’ve just spent five weeks in Europe and the UK with a couple of mates I went to boarding school with, which was an incredible time and an experience I’m very grateful to be able to have had.

My mum is definitely the most influential person in my life. She has been on so many volunteer committees and has always donated heaps of her time. She’ll take on any project that someone needs help with and she’s always down for a champagne too!

The advice I have for a younger version of myself is to take any opportunity that seems like it will lead to something good, especially if it will make you happy. Don’t get too focused on having to have a career with a fancy title, because success can come in so many different forms.

Human - Jill Hayes
Interviewer and photographer - Paula Whittington
Writer - Guy Salvidge

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

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