Author's Profile

Mike Barrow
Mike arrived in Sydney in 1989 as a typical British backpacker with $17 and one phone number. He also decided Sydney was paradise living in a three bedroom unit with 17 other backpackers. He eventually managed to get a proper job in a small backpacking publishing company. After spending four years trying to get residency, Mike finally 'got in' and set up his own company, Travel Maps Australia in 1993. In 2000 the Company rebranded to THE WORD and in 2014 started The Byte. Mike lives in Sydney's northern beaches, keeps fit and healthy and wouldn't live anywhere else.

Recent Articles

Australia’s cherry farms need workers and Year 12s are getting the call up

October 1st, 2020 No Comments

With the cherry season due to begin soon in central west New South Wales, growers are desperate for workers. The short and intense season aligns with the end of school […]

Government to offer welfare and visa boosts for picking fruit – visa extensions for backpacker...

Scott Morrison said there was work being done on this, which would be announced very soon – but pick for the dole looks like becoming a reality. Unemployed young people could […]

Would you work for $500 a DAY? Desperate farmers offer out-of-work Australians extraordinary money t...

Farmers are facing the prospect of leaving fruit to rot on trees during harvestCOVID-19 travel restrictions have caused a severe shortage in foreign workers  Growers are calling on unemployed Australians to […]

Underpaid international students struggle with cost of living as COVID-19 prevents travel home

Nav Mittal says prospective Indian university students are sold an unrealistic dream about moving to Australia. Key points: International students say COVID-19 has exacerbated the chronic issue of underpaymentSome students […]

Business pushing hard to open state borders during coronavirus, but leading economists urge caution

September 8th, 2020 No Comments

Business groups pressuring politicians to reopen state borders quickly should not ignore the health and economic benefits of the coronavirus lockdowns, two leading economists say. Key points: Tourism executives sign […]