Drought an inspiration for writer

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Chloe MacNeill reads a sample of her award winning story.
Camera IconChloe MacNeill reads a sample of her award winning story. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

Bunbury Catholic College student Chloe MacNeill has won the Water Corporation’s Words for Water writing competition.

Competitors had to respond to the theme of ‘it’s time to change the world’ in a short writing form of their choice, no longer than 300 words.

The Year 7 student opted to write a short story addressing the drought crippling some Aussie farmers.

“It was about how badly they’re being affected by not having enough water and how we need to help them,” she said.

“It was part of the young writer’s program so I was like ‘OK cool, I’ll do this’.”

The competition was run in conjunction with the Literacy Centre and coincided with National Water Week 2019.

Chloe’s story centred around a nameless farm child and their father in the midst of a three year drought.

The family is forced every morning to go out to the paddocks and use a crane to help cows too weak from dehydration to stand up on their own.

“I didn’t expect to win, but it’s awesome,” Chloe said.

“I thought it was an OK piece, but not good enough to win, so I was really surprised.”

Chloe was given a $100 book voucher for her win, most of which she said she had already spent.

Despite the win, she was not sure if writing would feature prominently in her future.

“I was thinking of doing something like skin or health or something, I haven’t really thought about writing,” she said.

National Water Week is held in October each year to help people actively protect and conserve water resources and habitats.

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