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Seasonal workers campaign targets fruit pickers

Greater Shepparton City Council and Fruit Growers Victoria have been working together to roll out a seasonal worker attraction campaign to assist with the need for fruit pickers.

The campaign is aimed at attracting seasonal workers from around Australia to the region to work the harvest and support Aussie farmers.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe, said “due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, farmers are expecting a shortfall of thousands of seasonal workers and need your support to get produce off to market.”

“Workers who support the industry will support formers and ensure fresh produce is supplied to Australia and the rest of the world,” said Cr O’Keeffe. “At the moment, growers are very worried how they will be able to pick their harvest.”

“Fruit picking season has already started in the region with cherries, then stone fruits such as apricots, nectarines and plums and will go right through to April/May 2021, finishing with apples and pears. Pickers are needed to ensure all this quality fruit does not go to waste,” she said.

Greater Shepparton is one of the largest fruit producing regions in Australia producing 86% of Australia’s pears, 70% of Australia’s peaches, 49% of Australia’s plums, 80% of Australia’s Kiwi Fruit and 38% of Australia’s apples to name a few.

“Anyone wanting to learn new skills and make great friends and who can work hard, can earn good money and have a summer experience like no other. You can even receive up to $6,000 if you are relocating from outside of the region,” said Cr O’Keeffe. “There’s no better place to be all year round than Greater Shepparton!”

“Picking is a great way to get your foot in the door, with opportunities for ongoing work, training and further career advancement. If you are keen for different experiences then apply now.”

There are thousands of short-term jobs up for grabs, including fruit picking and packing, and general farm work. Register here.

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