Sheed calls for on-farm quarantine
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.