Charters Towers, Townsville & Burdekin

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Charters Towers, Townsville & Burdekin

These regions span from the Great Barrier Reef to the outback in Charters Towers. There is really something for everyone!

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Seafarms

Cardwell  Qld  
To apply:  cardwellhr@seafarms.com.au
Job Details:  Aquaculture:  seasonal harvest workers.  Processing attendants.  Seasonal aquaculture workers.
Work videos:  none
Certifications:  HACCP

Pace Farming Pty Ltd

Rollingstone, Qld  4816
To apply:  rian@pacefarming.com.au
Job Details:  Pineapple, pumpkin and watermelon farm – farmhand required.  Work is hot, physical and mainly outdoors.  You will also be picking, packing and planting as well as other farm duties.
Work videos:  none
Certifications:  Freshcare, HARPS

A. Pierotti & Sons

Giru, Qld.
To apply:  girucane@bigpond.com
Job Details: Cane Farm irrigation fluming setup.  Slashing and spot spraying.
Work videos:  none
Certifications:  not required for Cane

Mount Alma Produce

201 Berdaje Road, Home Hill  Qld  4806
To apply:  mtalma@westnet.com.au
Job Details: Harvesting and packing eggplant
Work videos:  none
Certifications:  Sedex, Freshcare, HARPS

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Types of agriculture located in this region are:

Production Horticulture

Includes vegetables, fruit, flowers, tree nuts and viticulture (grapes).  Most horticulture is very reliant on irrigation, and fertile soils so this industry will be found in regions that offer these needs.  Although beef is the most valuable commodity in Queensland, production horticulture is the largest employer.  The workforce is made up of Australians and international workers.  Seasonal and ongoing work is available in picking and packing.  With longer-term professional careers also available.

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  • The peak industry body is Growcom

Sugarcane

Sugar is grown mostly along the coastline.  In general, the further you travel up the Queensland coast, the more sugar cane you will find.

Sugar cane is mainly grown between Ingham and Cairns, with large growers located in the Mackay and Burdekin areas.

Employment in the sugar industry is very seasonal and workers often travel between growers to extend their work periods.

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Irrigation

Irrigation is a complex and scientific requirement critical to most other industries.  Apart from farming, other sectors include installers, contractors, farmers, local, state and federal government.

Training opportunities:  as irrigation is so important, it has it’s own nationally accredited Certificate III (AHC32419) and is now a ‘trade qualification’.  You can also complete around 11 skillsets (short courses) to make yourself even more attractive to employers.  Irrigation Australia is a registered training organisation (RTO), meaning they can conduct training to Australian standards and issue you a certificate that meets national guidelines.

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  • Get trained with Irrigation Australia, as they promote their graduates to industry members.
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Beef, sheep, wool & grains

Agforce is a peak organisation representing the Queensland broadacre industries of cattle, grain, sheep and wool.   Although all these types of farm exist all over Queensland, they are concentrated around the state as follows:

  • Sheep Meat & Wool– mainly produced in the Burdekin and Southern Downs areas across to Traprock and out to St George.  Also in the Longreach area including Blackall and Barcaldine.
  • Beef Cattle– is statewide, however, the larger stations are located in Queensland’s Central West and the Gulf Regions (north).
  • Grains(wheat, sorghum, barley etc) – usually grown away from the coastline in regions such as Darling Downs, Western Downs, Central Qld, South Burnett, Warwick, Dalby.  Grain crops are seasonal and are usually rotated throughout the seasons.  Wheat is usually followed by Barley and grown in winter.  With Sorghum in summer.  Other legumes and canola are also becoming popular.

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Nurseries & Gardens

Sometimes call Amenity Horticulture, around 80% of this industry is located in South East Queensland with the industry reaching as far north as Cairns.

Nursery work has a few options as they can grow for the home gardener as well as seedlings for public parks, gardens and regeneration areas.  The Production Horticultural industry also relies heavily on seedlings from nurseries, and larger companies will specialise in this type of production.  These specialists are generally located in the significant Production Horticultural regions.

Gardens work involves the maintenance of council gardens, public parks and golf greens etc.  Or private companies that specialise in the creation of beautiful outdoor spaces.

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