Se­nior techy takes his last read­ing

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

ge­o­mor­phol­ogy, soils and veg­e­ta­tion of the land­forms and land­scapes.

“It changed my ev­ery­day view of our world,” Mr Cook said.

Two years into the role, the Soil Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity was merged with the Forests Com­mis­sion, and De­part­ment of Crown Land and Sur­vey, and Phil was re­cruited as a bore mon­i­tor for soil sci­en­tist Larry White and hy­dro­ge­ol­o­gist Phil Dyson ( now with the North Cen­tral Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity). He re­mained in the role for the next 30 years. Phil re­mem­bers the first com­put­ers com­ing into the de­part­ment, and has seen mas­sive changes in the tech­nol­ogy for land use, data man­age­ment and graph­ing.

When he started, the key equip­ment in­cluded stere­o­scopes and hand drawn maps to pro­duce 3D images.

De­spite en­tice­ments to fol­low a man­age­rial path, Mr Cook’s pas­sion has al­ways been for field work and be­ing hands- on, fur­ther ev­i­denced by 20 years as a sea­sonal fire­fighter.

“I have learnt so much from the ed­u­cated ones in soils, ge­ol­ogy, sur­vey­ing and hy­dro­ge­ol­ogy – plus, the farm­ers,” he said.

“This keeps go­ing on and will stay with me for­ever.”

LAST DIG: Se­nior tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer Phil Cook takes his last bore read­ing after more than 30 years work­ing in the field.

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