Simfresh

How COVID-19 has seen this group of ni-Vanuatu workers move from tourism to citrus farming

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Simfresh

Picking citrus and keeping their distance: Horticulture during the time of COVID-19

When coronavirus restrictions began, Simfresh—which produces almost 2m boxes of citrus annually from farms in NSW and Queensland—was “already ahead of the game” in helping its workers stay healthy and happy during the pandemic, operations manager Luke Cini says.

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Aussie Orchards

Pacific workers are filling labour gaps—and stepping up alongside farmers during the bushfire crisis

A group of Papua New Guinean workers employed at Aussie Orchards have not only helped the farm address its ongoing labour problems, they also helped protect the farm during the recent bushfire crisis.

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Simfresh

‘Best picking season ever’: How recruiting Pacific workers has helped Simfresh grow

Simfresh is a family-owned business with farms in New South Wales and Queensland. The company supplies around 1.8 million boxes of citrus each year to the domestic and export markets. Having recently expanded its growing operations, Simfresh has had difficulty finding enough workers to meet its increased labour needs.

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K&S Contracting

Saving money, making connections and developing new skills

K&S Contracting specialises in forestry and weed control. The business signed up to the Pacific Labour Scheme in 2018 after struggling to find reliable local labour for forestry work. It currently employs five Tuvaluans who are now active members of the local community.

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Cowra Meat Processing

Recruiting workers from Samoa has 'been a tremendous saving' for this business

Cowra Meat Processing employs around 200 workers but struggles to find staff. In 2018, general manager, Peter Browne, visited Samoa to interview workers through the Pacific Labour Scheme. In early 2019, seven men from Samoa started work at the processing facility.

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Ironbark Citrus

Each of these women has a goal to start a business or improve their farm

Five women from a remote village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea have been recruited to pick mandarins at Ironbark Citrus in outback Queensland. Ironbark Citrus joined the Seasonal Worker Programme in 2012 and also recruits workers from Timor-Leste and Tonga. Working in Australia has been life-changing for the workers.

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