FRUIT growers across the Riverina have welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to subsidise 50 per cent of hotel quarantine costs for international agricultural workers.
The announcement will see the cost of quarantining drop from $3000 to $1500, with Griffith and District Citrus Growers Inc. president Vito Mancini saying it was “the relief we’ve been waiting on for some time now”.
“This will definitely take the pressure off employers and the incoming workers so it’s very much what we wanted to hear,” he said.
“Although, there are a few concerns still held by many of us around the longevity of the promise.”
Mr Mancini said the subsidy was only valid until the end of the 2020-2021 financial year, meaning workers had two months to organise…