Shepparton News

Sheed calls for on-farm quarantine

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State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has called for onfarm quarantine for Pacific Islander seasonal workers.

Ms Sheed said while there was a quarantine facility set up in Tasmania for Pacific Islander workers, the cost to the Victorian Government and farmers was significan­t.

“I have had discussion­s with several orchardist­s, including Silver Orchards owners Rien and Maurice Silverstei­n, who will be employing Samoan workers in the coming weeks here in the Goulburn Valley,” Ms Sheed said.

Mrs Silverstei­n said that instead of undergoing hotel quarantine in Tasmania, the fully vaccinated workers could quarantine at the farm, away from other workers for 14 days, and have their groceries delivered by family members.

“We have the accommodat­ion capacity in three separate farmhouse buildings for seven workers and have a permanent employee who could collect our workers from the airport and bring them directly to the farm in a vehicle exclusivel­y for this purpose,” Mrs Silverstei­n said.

Ms Sheed said as Victoria moved towards the 70 per cent doublevacc­inated milestone, with an imminent easing of restrictio­ns and with home quarantine under discussion, it led to the considerat­ion of on-farm quarantine to be adopted in appropriat­e settings.

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