New Hori­zons at Costa farm

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - BETTER BUSINESS -

A GROUP of em­ploy­ees from New Hori­zons Enterprise had a first-hand look at the im­por­tant role they are play­ing in man­ag­ing Queens­land Fruit Fly, dur­ing a re­cent visit to the Costa berry farm at Corindi.

New Hori­zons is a so­cial enterprise which op­er­ates an Aus­tralian Dis­abil­ity Enterprise in Coffs Har­bour, pro­vid­ing mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity.

Costa sought New Hori­zons as­sis­tance to pro­duce ma­te­rial used to as­sist in con­trol­ling Queens­land Fruit Fly. The team at New Hori­zons has pre­vi­ously as­sisted with prod­ucts for the ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems.

The Corindi farm’s op­er­a­tions man­ager Torsten Werner said the work was a crit­i­cal part of the pest man­age­ment process.

“We were pleased we could utilise the team at New Hori­zons for this work. We have had a long re­la­tion­ship with the or­gan­i­sa­tion, having used them for a range of tasks over the years,” Mr Werner said.

“We wanted to demon­strate our ap­pre­ci­a­tion, by show­ing the group ex­actly how the items they pro­duce are put into op­er­a­tion, and to give them a tour of the whole berry op­er­a­tion.”

New Hori­zons also pro­vides Costa with a se­cure paper shred­ding ser­vice, which is a key part of Costa’s re­cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

AT THE FARM: Costa Berry Cat­e­gory gen­eral man­ager David Jor­dan (cen­tre) shares some rasp­ber­ries with the team from New Hori­zons.

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