IMMIGRANTS VITAL TO OUR PROSPERITY
AUSTRALIA has been strengthened by waves of immigrants since colonial days. Chinese men came as farm workers in the early 1800s. Between 1900 and 1920, the majority of vegetables grown in WA were grown by Chinese market gardeners. Afghan cameleers arrived in 1840. Services to outback communities and properties depended on them. Since then, we have seen Italians, Greeks and Vietnamese develop the land. And a new study by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation shows that it is still the case. Researcher Jock Collins said immigrants play an important role in agriculture on many levels. "South African and Zimbabwean farmers, for example, have brought water-saving technologies, while Asian growers have introduced new products for the food market," he said. "Short-term workers are significant in filling cyclical labour needs." He said they are welcomed in the bush. "The majority of workers come away with very positive social and economic experiences." Just something to remember.
Rick Lee - Editor