Seasonal workers relish opportunity
OVERSEAS workers are starting to arrive in our towns, from places near and far.
The local fruit producers welcome them with open arms, the packing sheds could not get the produce out of their sheds without them.
The foreign workers’ wives and children will miss them but the reward for everyone outweighs all.
Cerafin Dacunha from East Timor is in Mundubbera thinning mandarins and he says the work will change the life of his family and for him.
“I have worked as a security guard in East Timor most of my working life,” Mr Dacunha said.
“I am working here on a six-months Pacific Worker Program – it will change my life.”
Many of the workers who come to Australia can earn 10 times what they do in their own country.
Also from East Timor, Ernes Dacarelho said he had just finished university where he studied agriculture.
“Coming here to work don’t only give me the chance to earn some money, it gives me great experience in my future job in farming,” he said.
“This six months here will let me pay for further studies.”
Central Fruit Packers in Mundubbera employs up to 40 Tongan workers in the height of the citrus season working for six months, side-by-side with 60 locals and backpackers when needed.
Coming from France for his first time in Australia, Willie Clamnt was thinning citrus last week and said he just loved the heat and the job.
“Back in France it is freezing at the moment and the hot weather in Australia is wonderful,” Mr Clamnt said.
“I am here on a working holiday visa for six months and I will come back here again for sure.”