PNG workers heading to Coffs Coast

A DEAL that will see 20 Papua New Guinean seasonal workers come to work on the Coffs Coast berry farms next month has been praised by the Papuan Government as a milestone in job creation.

The workers are said to be "underprivileged, under-skilled" Papuans, who hope to support their families and communities with the money they make as blueberry pickers and farm hands over the summer.

A further 12 workers, both men and women, are travelling to the Ironbark Citrus Farm in Mundubbera, Queensland.

"This group of PNG seasonal workers will work towards further promoting and consolidating the hopes of millions of young Papua New Guineans," Alexis Maino of the PNG Seasonal Workers Task Force said.

"Their very presence in Australia will market, promote and further showcase the potential of the PNG labour market, thus reinforcing the confidence of Australian employers/farmers in sourcing more Papua New Guineans for seasonal work on farms across Australia."

The 20 Coffs Coast-bound labourers are currently undergoing orientation and training and are due to arrive at the end of the month.

Papuan student commercial pilots employed by Air Niugini are currently taught to fly through Coffs Harbour's Professional Pilot Training.

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