Did you know that Strawberry Growers across the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast region employ an estimated 6,000 people at peak times in a season that stretches from May to November each year?
With the support of RDA Moreton Bay and other funding partners, these Growers have launched a recruitment campaign and are committed to employing locals who are fit, enthusiastic and able to meet the sometimes challenging requirement of working on a Strawberry Farm.
To find out more and register go to www.thesweetestjob.com.au.
The initiative has been developed and partly funded by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Moreton Bay with strong support from members of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association. Sunshine Coast Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council have contributed funding, with project stakeholders including the peak industry network for the regions, Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN),and Growcom. The campaign and website will be delivered and co-ordinated by employment sector specialists, The Job Show.
Strawberry growers in the Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regions employ an estimated 6,000 pickers and packers at peak times around August and September. As highlighted recently in the media, many strawberry growers are concerned that there are a number of significant factors that could potentially impact the future availability of strawberry farm workers, particularly the proposed taxation changes for overseas workers.
“Growers face a significant challenge if they are not able to recruit the number of workers required at peak season. It definitely presents a business sustainability risk for our local strawberry industry,” says Luigi Coco, Chairman of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association.
“The program involves the development of a dedicated website, information sessions and on-farm trial days and has been designed to connect capable and reliable local workers with strawberry farmers who are keen to develop a local workforce,” says Shane Newcombe, RDA Moreton Bay Committee Chair.
The campaign is expected to deliver improved awareness of employment opportunities in the strawberry industry and quality local employees who will hopefully become a returning workforce.
Strawberry growers interested in being part of the campaign should contact Anthony Dow E: firstname.lastname@example.org | M: 0409 264 722