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Kindness pandemic spreads in Manjimup, WA, to help backpackers during COVID-19

Imagine backpacking on the other side of the world when a global pandemic is declared. Key points: A small community in WA’s south west actively welcomed backpackers during COVID-19 while [...] read more...

Backpacker employer Bradford Clark Rosten fined $65,000 over farm death linked to heat stress

A North Queensland businessman has been fined $65,000 over the death of an international backpacker who collapsed with heat stress while picking fruit in the Burdekin region. Key points: A [...] read more...

Accom industry responds to BUDGET 2020

Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) National CEO Michael Johnson is pleased that the government listened to industry concerns with the Federal Budget focus on jobs and regional tourism was a welcome [...] read more...

October 28th, 2020 No Comments

Paradise interrupted – how will Byron Bay recover?

The Byron Bay of our Instagram feeds is as beautiful as ever. But take a trip to the coastal town, and you’ll find businesses in peril, and locals running out [...] read more...

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Queensland tourism sector booming as holidaymakers hit the road to explore own backyard

Queenslanders have heeded the call to explore their own backyard with some tourist destinations reporting a 200 per cent increase in demand, while others are the busiest they have been [...] read more...

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

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 [...] read more...

October 1st, 2020 No Comments

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 [...] read more...

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 [...] read more...