Humans of the Wheatbelt - Eliza Wynn

Humans of the Wheatbelt is an initiative by the Wheatbelt Health Network.

Humans of the Wheatbelt is an initiative by the Wheatbelt Health Network.

I have been in Northam since December 2017. I moved here when I got a job for the Avon Valley Advocate. Prior to moving to Northam I lived in Perth with my mother, father and little brother Matthew.

I have wanted to be a journalist since I was 10 years old. My grandfather was a journalist for the Western Australian. He was originally from England and did a lot of community papers there. He passed away before he could ever see me become a journalist - he had suffered from Parkinson's for a long time.

Anxiety and depression has always run through our family especially in the females. I am really lucky that I have a great GP so that has been helpful for finding the correct medication. I also suffered from an eating disorder. When I found out I was gluten intolerant I became obsessed about my eating. I think there needs to be more awareness and support for kids.

My mum is a teacher and there was never an expectation that I should go to university but that is what I wanted to do. My father went to university as a mature age student after 30 - he studied social work and became a Chaplain at a school.

I think being able to listen to people as a journalist is one of the most important skills. I love to talk so I am learning to listen more in order to find those snippets of interesting information. I think a big part of job is to form relationships with the community and highlight the great stuff that is happening in the community. I am not out to get people or to destroy lives. I think once people talk to me they understand that.

I had some amazing mentors at university - there hasn't been that many females as it is still a very male dominated industry.

My mum is my best friend. She moved to an One Arm Point Aboriginal settlement as a teacher all by herself when she was 21. If she could do it I can do anything. We go the Dockers games every fortnight. We chat a lot.

When I was younger I was convinced that I would become an author. When I had friends over rather than playing we would write blogs or script for movies. I look back at them now and laugh - but at the time they were very important.

I always thought I would go into TV journalism but I do really enjoy community and print media. In the country you get to build relationships that you could never have in the city. That makes my job really rewarding.

I go to the Philippines every year - after the typhoon Yolanda hit in 2013 there was so much damage done. I go over with a group of friends and an organisation called Kids International Ministries. We do construction. I really love the food - pineapple - they have stores on the side of the road and they cut it up like a lollypop and it is amazing!

I went to Europe for a music school trip in school when I was 16 as part of the school orchestra. I play the saxophone and give lessons for a woman in Toodyay every week.

The best moment of my life so far was just last month - my family and I went to Exmouth. It was were my mum grow up. She hadn't been back since she was 9 years old when her father passed away. We went to where he was buried - we couldn't find a flower shop so we raided a frangipani tree where we were staying and it turns out that they were the same flower my grandparents had on their wedding day. It was really nice to be able to do that.

The worst moment - even though I don't like to dwell on them - when I was 18 I was involved in a major car accident. I fractured my mouth and collar bone - but we didn't realise it at the time - so I still went to the Philippines. I picked up my bags at the airport and it displaced it totally. I pushed through the pain and as soon as I got back I was told that it was actually broken.

My favourite time of year in Northam is Spring when the Canola is out. I really enjoy attending the little events with community groups that are so passionate. I'm not on any committees in Northam because I want to remain impartial as a journalist.

My advice would be take changes and go out of your comfort zone. I was very shy and my job has forced me go out and talk to people.

Human - Eliza Wynn

Interviewers & Photographer - Anna Cornish & Babu Sajjad