No lo­cal jobs

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

I HAVE been liv­ing in Childers for the past seven years and can’t be­lieve how hard it is to try and get a lo­cal job. This has not been the case the whole seven years though. When I first came here all the farm­ers hired the lo­cals for the sea­son and if for­tu­nate enough you worked for at least 10-11 months of the year. We have bought prop­erty here and in­tend on spend­ing the rest of our lives here, but that may not be the case if we can’t get work. As I have fin­ished the cane sea­son, like many oth­ers, there is no work for lo­cals. But if the bank takes our house and I am forced to live at the car­a­van park or the hos­tels in town, I’m guar­an­teed work. How is this fair? I am quite sure I’m not the only per­son in town who can’t get a job. Yet th­ese farm jobs avail­able on the web­site are from the car­a­van park and need work­ers for the con­tracts they have with the farms, but they don’t have the staff for th­ese con­tracts ob­vi­ously or they wouldn’t be ad­ver­tis­ing. I rang up and was told that be­cause I’m not stay­ing there I can’t get the work. Some­thing needs to change in the re­gion for the lo­cals oth­er­wise there won’t be any lo­cals left, ex­cept those who own the farms. I’m des­per­ate for work, I have even ap­plied for jobs I know I’ve not got any ex­pe­ri­ence in but hop­ing some­one will give me a go.

UN­HAPPY LO­CAL

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