JUICY JOB PROSPECTS

FRUIT­FUL FU­TURE:

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

PACK­ING about 150,000–190,000 boxes of grapes, 80,000 trays of man­goes, and more than one mil­lion boxes of man­darins from 45,000 bins of cit­rus means the fu­ture is look­ing fruit­ful for Cen­tral Fruit Pack­ers Mun­dub­bera.

Gen­eral man­ager Brent Cham­bers said the business was ex­pand­ing and lo­cals were set to ben­e­fit.

“We have 38 teenagers on our books who have ap­plied to work in the plant in the school break,” Mr Cham­bers said.

Mun­dub­bera Year 10 stu­dents and Gayn­dah Year 12s as well as teens from pri­vate schools and uni stu­dents home for the hol­i­days are all hop­ing for work, he said.

Up to 90 peo­ple work in the shed at the height of the cit­rus sea­son, down to 20 in the off sea­son.

An­nika Dar­ling­ton from Gayn­dah said that pack­ing le­mons was a good change from do­ing school work.

“I try my hard­est to get the job done quickly and get the le­mons in neatly,” Miss Dar­ling­ton said.

CFP has started pack­ing grapes this week and will pack 190,000 boxes in the next few weeks along with 80,000 trays of man­goes by the end of Jan­uary.

Mun­dub­bera teenager Tully-Wilson said he is sav­ing to go to play soc­cer in Ger­many.

“Work­ing here is great and I get to save some cash for my trip,” Tully said. “I am pack­ing le­mons to­day and I am look­ing for­ward to the grapes and man­goes,” he said.

Grapes packed at CFP are placed in 1kg plas­tic bags, boxed in the pad­dock, pal­letised in the shed, cooled, then sent straight to Aldi the same day.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

PACK THAT LE­MON: Is­abell Em­mer­ton packs le­mons un­der the watchful eye of Adam War­wick.

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