It’s right in the middle of the Strawberry harvest and Caboolture’s new Harvest Office on the main street through town, King Street, is in full operation and working with growers to source their workers, and with workers to find them jobs.
Caboolture Harvest Officer, Kristy Banks says it’s exciting and challenging to be working in horticulture at this time. Having trained as a midwife, Kristy moved to horticulture when she had her children. As often happens when you work with growers, the farming bug took a bite, with Kristy moving into QA and then HR roles with Lockyer Valley grower Rugby Farms.
Kristy sees a growing need for a targeted partnership with the local horticulture industries and growers to ensure they plan for and can access the workers they need at the time they need them. Local crops include strawberries, custard apples, pineapples, and ginger, with a growing number of raspberry and blueberry growers taking advantage of the climate and new varieties.
“Worker access and mobility is crucial at this time,” says Kristy “with Working Holiday Maker numbers dwindling we must assure employers that we can source documented overseas and local workers when and where employers need them.”
The Caboolture Harvest Office is in a good region to source workers. Caboolture is less than an hour from Brisbane city to the South; and an hour on the highway North takes thousands of young working holiday makers to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast.
Kristy works in the Caboolture office with Skye Pearson and Seasonal Worker Program Manager, Michael Wilson helps growers with the SWP program.
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Caboolture Harvest Trail Office: 2/77 King Street, Caboolture
Phone: 0437 211 731