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Pam and Dino Coiacetto

Pam and Dino Coiacetto

By on Jun 7, 2013 in The Coiacettos' |

Go to: Dino and Pam: family backgrounds | The original farm | From dairying to mixed farming | Weeds to lifestyle blocks | Beans, cucumbers and a lot of bananas | Cyclones and the Tornado | Resumed land, sales and policy changes | Peas, lychees and pumpkins | Bananas in the 1930s | Neighbours | The Future? | Working the farm today | The changing community | Italians and Australians | The growing family | A partnership


Oh ok, right. So looking at the map that obviously is somebody else’s land but that looks as though it’s got a big …is it a wind shelter or something?

Dino: Yeah they planted macadamias, this is Gary’s. See that’s our boundary road, planted all gum trees around there and made a new fence and all the branches are coming down and smashing it.

So that has been macas and it’s nothing now by the look of it?

Dino: No.

Have your neighbours tried any other sorts of plantings?

Dino: Well as I said, this out the back is going back to rubbish as well, but they’ve got cattle on it. This here is just – that there is all cleaned up.

Pam: It’s a proposed – farmstays and stuff. But they’re not doing anything about it.

Dino: Proposed, bloody holidays and stuff – farmstays. But see that’s all just slashed, they’ve got nothing on it. This here -it’s the same down here. It’s all lost. It’s all this ground – land’s lost.

Pam: It’s not being farmed.

Dino: I can’t see it – once it’s cut up into small pieces like that…

Pam: You can’t make a living on it.

And so you just get the lifestyle type of thing without people caring for the land.

Dino: Yeah but see, by them not looking after their – all the seeds and the rubbish and that come into here and we spend thousands trying to keep it clean.

Pam: Now that’s a fact, that’s a fact.

Dino: And then they get up you for spraying!

And so what comes over? The Crofton weed, the lantana? Does that get spread by …?

Pam: Oh yeah, by seed, wind.

Right and what would be your other…?

Dino: Privet and now there’s another …

Pam: Thorny fig. It’s terrible.

Dino: Wild thorny fig yeah, it’s taking over, and you can’t pull it out even if it’s that high it’s got thorns on it, on the leaves and you can’t grab it, so you’ve got to spray it. And it’s this high now, six month’s time it’s seven or eight foot high. It’s a mongrel.

So what do you think is going to happen to your land?

Dino: Probably the same as the rest, eventually.

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