Today, the Territory Labor Government has launched a $745,000 campaign to support the Territory’s $70 million melon industry. It is aimed at ensuring that growers have the workforce they need to pick more than 75,000 tonnes of produce this season.
Northern Territory melons fill a critical supply window, allowing Australians to buy this product twelve months a year. This is why the Territory Government is partnering with growers to find 200 workers from across the nation this month.
Earlier, the melon farmers had been arranging workers to come from Timor Leste, but due to Covid issues, these workers are not able to assist with the season in time. The government intends to spend $200,000 on a business support package which will give businesses access up to $1000 per worker, for up to 200 workers. It will also fund a $480,000 loyalty bonus to help businesses retain workers.