This week at Macca, we learn a bit more about one of our winter plumbers Wayne.

5-minutes with 2023 winter plumber Wayne Phillips

5-minutes with 2023 Macca winter Plumber Wayne Phillips

Name: Wayne Phillips

Nicknames: Beads

Where are you From: Woodburn, Northern NSW

Previous seasons? Winter at Macca 2011/12, Mawson 2020/21 and summer at Casey 2017/18

Job title: Plumber

Describe your role in two sentences: I take care of the heating, water and waste on station.

What did you do before your joined the AAD? Working for O'Briens Plumbing and Electrical Lismore building flood recovery villages to house the displaced after the devastating floods in Northern NSW in 2022.

What is your favourite part of your job here at Macca? Knocking off

If you were not a Plumber, what would be your dream job? Movie star

How does this season at Macca compare to your previous seasons down south? I don’t like comparing

What do you like to do in your spare time? Playing darts and pool

What actor would play you in a film version of our 73st ANARE season here at Macca? Gary Sweet

What is your favourite spot here at Macca and why? Green Gorge Hut. It has a great view, right on the coast and heaps of wildlife

Favourite piece of Australian Antarctic Division kit? Huski Hi-Vis rain jacket

What is your favourite book / movie (or both) and why?

Movie – It’s a Wonderful Life

Book – AS 3500 1-4

What is your typical 'Slushy FM' genre? Do you have a particular favourite? Anything except for heavy metal, classical, pop, blues, folk, Kpop, country, screamo and rap

Describe your Macca experience with: a sight, a smell, a sound, a feeling and a taste.
Sight – Wild west coast from office window

Smell – Orange Power air freshener

Sound – Screeching sounds of Northern and Southern giant petrels above razor back lookout

Feeling – Warm and dry when its cold and wet

Taste – Monday roast dinners

Do you have a favourite quote that you’d like to leave us with?
Such is life