Humans of the Wheatbelt - Tracey Wacura

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 was born and bred in Toodyay and have lived here my entire life. I have most of my family living here with me in Toodyay. My parents, my sister, my brother, nieces and nephews, lots of cousins and my nana are here - my other sister lives in Dunsborough.

It is great to have family living all so close together.

I think the only time I ever left was when I worked at a mine site in Meekatharra. I was only twenty at the time and after a little while the isolation was too much for me and I came home.

I work for the Wheatbelt Health Network and have been here for over seven years. I keep very busy as I am also a cleaner at the St John Ambulance building and have my own car detailing business.

At the moment I am studying Registered Nursing at Edith Cowen University. It can be hard trying to juggle my studies with my work, but I manage. When I left school, my confidence wasn't the best and I wasn't really sure what I wanted to be. It was only a couple of years ago that I thought of Registered Nursing and decided to see where it would lead me.

I love my football and I am a die hard Eagles fan. Here in Toodyay I have held secretary and treasurer roles at the Toodyay Football Club. I have also been helping with the junior football for the past four years and for two of those years I was secretary.

The happiest times in my life all involve my nieces and nephews. I have eight of them all up and they fill me with so much joy. They are all just so unique and beautiful.

There is one place I have always wanted to travel to and that is Poland. My dad's parents came from there during World War Two. My father went there too see them and I would love to get there one day and meet my family there.

Losing my Pop this year was hard. I have always been close to both of my grandparents and have had them in my life uninterrupted for forty years, so losing Pop was probably the worst thing I've had to experience.

Over the years, I have had many surgeries for the cleft palate I was born with, but I have never let that hold me back. Not ever. School was hard for me as I imagine it was for a lot of people because of the bullying but it only helped me become a stronger person.

My parents and my mother's parents were all born in Western Australia. This region is what we all call home. What I love about Toodyay is the sense of community. I remember when the terrible Toodyay fire happened and how bad it was. Everybody pulled together and the way we all supported one another was amazing. I am proud to say I am from Toodyay.

Things in life do get hard but when they do, I just think of many family members, each one influenced my life in different ways. They have all been through different challenges in their lives but have all taken it all in their stride and kept fighting.

If I could offer advice to anyone in this world it would be to get up and keep going. There are people out there who care, and family is everything. Also be a kid for as long as possible and don't bow down to the expectations of society.

Human - Tracey Wacura

Interviewer & photographer - Paula Whittington