Senior techy takes his last reading
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.