Stanthorpe Ripe For Migrant Workers : Growcom

Stanthorpe ripe for migrant workers: Growcom

Posted Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:00am AEST
Map: Stanthorpe 4380

Horticulture group Growcom says it will consider nominating the Granite Belt as the next place to take part in the Federal Government's Seasonal Worker Scheme.

Fifty Pacific Islander workers have been given temporary visas to work on farms in Victoria and New South Wales.

The Government is seeking more areas to test the scheme over the next three years.

Growcom's Mark Panitz says a survey of members has found there is a constant labour shortage on the Granite Belt.

“Stanthorpe's been looking quite good because of the mix of the crops and seasons there and because they've got a lot of stone fruit, vegetables and then the apple and grape seasons,” he said.

“There's a long spread of a season there. They're also quite good because they're off the normal backpacker trail.”