Farmer Wendy McCormick talks to Pam Plant about the impacts of drought in northern Victoria
Farmer Wendy McCormick talks to Pam Plant about the impacts of drought in northern Victoria,
Pam Plant, interviewer,
MP3 file, 3 mins:20 secs, 2009,
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Farmer Wendy McCormick talks to Pam Plant about the impact of drought and the use of northern Victoria water by Melbourne residents.
TRANSCRIPT OF DROUGHT STORIES INTERVIEW EXCERPT 15
Pam Plant, Interviewer: Do you have any happy memories of the current drought, anything particular that…?
Wendy McCormick: If you hold a function, quite often, you know it’s not going to rain! (laughter)
Pam Plant : Yes! Yes well that’s a good point!
Wendy McCormick: And the worst part is when you finally go to cut the crop, for hay, and all of a sudden it decides it’s going to bucket down, and then it…
Pam Plant : Yes, it hasn’t rained all winter, and then when you start doing your hay, in the October, it starts to rain.
Wendy McCormick: That’s right! And, like in last year the grain receival points, every Friday, for a month, we had rain, and it was just absolutely incredible to think that it couldn’t rain when it was supposed to but it rained, just in the middle of cropping.
Pam Plant : Can you think of anything that you have come up with to be more resourceful, to get you through the drought? Like some of the, something you’ve done, that you wouldn’t have done?
Wendy McCormick: Well, every day, when I was milking, every day for six years, since the onset of, you know, the drought, I actually had a shovel in the cowshed, that I would shovel the manure over the fence every day, which made a lovely heap for the people around town to come and get for their veggie gardens, and, you would be surprised how quick it was to wash the yard down.
Pam Plant : Mm-mm?
Wendy McCormick: And moving like you did all the time, the flies weren’t, you know, likely to collect on your face like they did when you were hosing the yard, (laugh)…
Pam Plant : Oh, very good, yes.
Wendy McCormick: So I felt that I always contributed, a part and, because of that action.
Pam Plant : Yes, yes. Have you learnt anything from the current drought, that you think perhaps should have been done, to be more prepared for it, either yourself, or the government, or government bodies, and…?
Wendy McCormick: I can really say, I am, you know might, this might be in a different light, but I am dead against these big, um spa baths, that are put into everyone’s houses these days, because to me it is an absolute waste of water, and we have been to these water protest marches in Melbourne, and my kids have only ever had a bath in the shower, with the bath water, you know, being from the shower overhead, they’ve never had a bath, as in the big bath, and I think there’s a lot of wasted water in these big towns, and I think that it’s ridiculous that they actually call on the country people to be taking water out of the storages that we’ve, you know, originally designated for the country use, as in irrigation, to be piped down to Melbourne, I think the government should be looking at bigger water storages, and I know it sounds strange when there’s no rain, but I think everything can be looked at, and oh there could be a lot of more recycling, that’s done with water.
Pam Plant : So it’s not wasted.
Wendy McCormick: Yes.
Pam Plant : Yes. It’s been taken, away from the farms, and put to non-productive use
Wendy McCormick: Yes.
Pam Plant : Mm.
Wendy McCormick: I mean people in Melbourne might wash their potatoes in the sink, for 10 minutes, just to get the dirt off them, whereas that water could be used for something that’s more productive.
Pam Plant : Yes, they’re not aware of the waste, that they’re creating.
Wendy McCormick: No, they’re not. Yes.
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