IMAGINE being named the winner of an all expenses paid trip to travel somewhere on your bucket list.
For Erskine resident Barry Cuskelly, this became a reality for him on Easter Saturday.
The FIFO worker of 10 years said he almost didn’t pick up the phone when Pilbara radio station Spirit FM called to inform him he had won a $5000 trip to Karijini for two.
“I got home on my rostered break and I was stuffed so I was having a rest,” he said.
“I was jumping around the kitchen like a lunatic when I found out but no one was home so I couldn’t share my good news.”
The 61-year-old said it was always on his bucket list to visit the Karijini ranges.
“I can see the Karijini ranges from where I work in the distance but I always thought that was as close as I was going to get,” he said.
“I’ve been mining for most of my life and it was one of those things where my wife and I thought we would get there one day.”
Mr Cuskelly will take his 59-year-old wife Barb on the six-night trip.
“My wife is over the moon as she loves photography and nature,” Mr Cuskelly said.
The trip includes return flights from Perth to Paraburdoo, the hire of a 4WD, accommodation and two tickets to Welcome to Country, Culinary Experience, Songs in the Gorge, Opera Under the Stars and Yurlu Lounge.
Mr Cuskelly said he was excited to learn more about the traditional owners of the land, their beliefs and the art they produce.
“I’ve worked at other mining companies up in the Kimberley and I’ve learned a lot working with Indigenous people and their culture so it’s good to learn more about that,” he said.
“Good Aboriginal artists, singers and photographers will be present throughout the trip which is awesome.
“It’s a chance of a lifetime to see this wonderful timeless land.”