Pick another spot
Mayor urges fruit pickers to not set up camp at rest stops
GAYNDAH is looking for options of where to put its fruit pickers.
Fruit pickers have been setting up camp at Zonhoven Park and other overnight rest stops this season and North Burnett Regional Council has had enough.
A new caravan park has been approved between Pineapple St and Wharton St and should be constructed in time for the 2014 citrus season.
Mayor Don Waugh said seasonal workers were encouraged to use caravan parks instead of council rest stops and overnight camping facilities.
“And this new park will hopefully alleviate that problem,” CrWaugh said.
In the meantime, council is looking at options for the remainder of the year.
“I’ve organised a meeting with orchardists for next week,” CrWaugh said.
“We’ll have a yarn and see what their vision is.”
CrWaugh said fruit pickers preferred to stay close to the town centre, but he would like to see more farms providing options.
“We have encouraged (fruit pickers) to go to the show grounds as well.
“But we certainly don’t want to interfere with local businesses.”
PACKING UP: Zonhoven Park has seen a large amount of seasonal workers using the facilities.