Bree Grima the Managing Director of Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers said the horticulture industry is heavily reliant on working holiday makers which account for approximately 70 percent of their workforce and COVID has certainly contributed additional challenges by reducing the available labour pool.
The number of working holiday makers in Australia is approximately 60,0000 which is down from 141,000 in January 2020.
Bree said that BFVG have a good understanding of the regional labour demand and expect farms will need between 2700 and 3500 workers at any one time and working on farms growing sweet corn, pumpkin, melons, mango, and lychee .
There is plenty of work out there for those willing and able. If you are looking for work, know someone who is, or if students are looking for work in the school holidays register your interest at https://www.bfvg.com.au/carees/eoi
In our photos are a group of Korean visitors enjoying a weekend off, Claire from France who is working on a water melon farm in Australia, a big change from her job at home...she is a fashion desgner. Also pictured are visitors to Bundaberg, Solange from Argentina an interior designer in Buenos Aires and Patricia an accountant in Madrid.