Pick­ing sea­son is on the hori­zon

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - — Adam McCleery

THE busiest time of the year is al­most upon our North Bur­nett pro­duc­ers as the pick­ing sea­son is fast ap­proach­ing.

Al­ready back­packer num­bers are start­ing to rise around our towns and with them comes a good vibe of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism.

There is some­thing to be said about liv­ing in the heart of Queens­land, with all the vibe and at­mos­phere that comes with it, where for half the year young peo­ple from all over the world de­scend on it.

While opin­ion may be split on back­pack­ers we can't deny their im­por­tance to the lo­cal in­dus­try as well as the chance to get to know peo­ple form other cul­tures and na­tions.

I’ve lived in a small towns be­fore, ones that never had this ad­van­tage, and they were bor­ing places.

See­ing peo­ple from Korea, China, France, Eng­land and other coun­tries em­brac­ing their time in the North Bur­nett is some­thing spe­cial.

As I am sure they take home with them sto­ries, both good and bad, form their ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing on farms.

I know for a fact that there are peo­ple my age and younger who live only hours away but have never heard of the North Bur­nett or Gayn­dah, while I meet peo­ple from an­other con­ti­nent who have.

I am look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing sea­son and wish all the best for our pro­duc­ers who work so hard and year round to keep the lo­cal in­dus­try strong.

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