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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
The Future?

Does anybody want to take [over] – any of your children?

Dino: No, they got too good-a-jobs. None are interested.

Pam: And you know I wouldn’t advise them to anyway. No way. You can’t make a living.

Dino: You can make a living.

Pam: Not a little family holding…

Dino: You can make a living.

Pam: No, not like it used to be. No.

Dino: You’d make a living but it’s a – you don’t get rich. The only way you make money is on your capital gain you know? When you go to sell. That’s if you’ve got a silly bugger who wants to buy it. But these small blocks down here, they go for $500, 000 out here! Half a million and then you’ve got to build on it.

That’s just the block?

Dino: Yeah.

So you’ll just sort of stick it out as long as you can?

Dino: Yeah. They can carry me away or burn me out the back with the other cows. The dead ones.

Pam: He’d find it harder to move off than me. I mean I love the house now, I think, after the storm I think I’m just about there. But it’s just … even this now – it’s too much for him. I still work with the avocados and that but I don’t do any of the other outside work. It’s still too much now. You gotta face it, you have to face it.

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