Fruit pickers help fill up Mundubbera’s van park
THE grey nomad army is pulling into the North Burnett ahead of fruit-picking season.
The stereotype of the backpacker seasonal worker is being quashed with grey nomads making the most of picking up work on their travels.
Dianne Wright, 58, and her husband have made the trek out to Mundubbera from Bundaberg to work at an orchard.
Last year, they worked at a cotton gin 800km from home and decided to come to Mundubbera so they could remain closer to their family.
Ms Wright hasn’t worked with fruit or small crops for 18 years, but is certain she will be able to do the physical work.
“It’s good to be active and stay fit,” she said.
“I don’t care if we are out picking or in the shed, it is work and money.
“We get to see a bit of the countryside and Australia and being here we are closer to our family.”
Ms Wright and her husband plan to be in Mundubbera until September or October.
During that time they will be living in their caravan, but they are not bothered about the tight quarters.
“You get acclimatised to it, but we tend to trip over each other a bit,” Ms Wright said.
Three Rivers Caravan Park in Mundubbera was fully booked over the weekend in the lead-up to their peak season.
Owner Sherrie Breitkopf said they were kept busy with a mix of backpackers, grey nomads and contractors filling the park.
“I’ll have to eat two Weeties every day now, not one,” she joked.
“It was a very busy weekend, it’s good.
“Mundubbera hasn’t started picking yet, but we only have camping sites available now.”
Ms Breitkopf said the influx of people in the town would benefit everybody,
Dianne Wright I don’t care if we are out picking or in the shed...
not just accommodation providers.
“They eat and drink and spend money here,” she said.