Pick an­other spot

Mayor urges fruit pick­ers to not set up camp at rest stops

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

PACK­ING UP: Zonhoven Park has seen a large amount of sea­sonal work­ers us­ing the fa­cil­i­ties.

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