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Want to earn $100,000? Go pick strawberries in Queensland

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A major cash incentive is being offered to entice fruit pickers to Queensland strawberry farms – including one in Atherton – as the industry grapples with a serious worker shortage.

The winter fruit harvesting seasons usually requires around 70,000 workers but the pandemic has led to a shortage of staff with many backpackers locked out of the country.

The Queensland Strawberry Growers’ Association is running a state-wide initiative in the hopes of sourcing labour for farmers after some have skipped the season or reduced the number of crops they’ve planted.

The association is giving away $100,000 to a worker at the end of the picking season, which runs from now until October.

President Adrian Schultz says workers will be able to…



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