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.

Flashback to Cliff...

“We paid good money” and heeded sound advice, immigrating to Perth in 1978 and moving to York in 1988.We chose a five acre property in York because of the close proximity to the capital and the availability of work.

Cliffy and Geraldine enjoy living in the country and have now retired.

As well as travelling to and living in many different parts of the world and being employed in a variety of professions, Cliffy and Geraldine have raised four sons. Each son is now finding his own way in the world. They are a close family and their sons, even though they have moved away, are still very involved in their lives.

Cliffy and Geraldine have found “no problems” living in York.
“Find a good partner” is Cliffy’s best advice.

Theirs has been an enduring partnership, recently celebrating 58 years of marriage.

Getting married being recalled by Cliffy as “the happiest moment in my life”.

An experience long distance walker, Cliffy can boast that he has walked the Bibbulmun Track an impressive five times in total. Three times non-stop from Albany to Kalamunda and twice, Albany to Kalamunda in sections.

On his daily walk into town, “rain-hail or shine”, Cliffy is easily recognisable, demonstrating technique with his bushwalking/trekking poles. Not only is he keeping his fitness, but he says when he walks he gets to socialise and this helps him stay connected with the town and people he knows.

He and Geraldine are also regular attenders at the York Mobility Group that meet twice a week at the old Recreation Centre.

Human – Cliff
Interviewer - Melody Pampling
Photography - Robert Pampling Photography

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