An outspoken critic of the Pacific labour scheme in north-west Victoria says he is now backing the program because of changes this year.
A new group of 31 seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands arrived at Robinvale last month for the six-month project assisting with the region’s almond harvest.
The first year of the three-year trial was plagued by problems last year, but Robinvale local councillor John Katis says he is now comfortable with the program.
“It has been working perfectly this year,” he said.
“They’ve taken into consideration the need to keep our local people on the job instead of what they done last year by allowing the visitors to come in and virtually take over some of the local jobs and our people had to resort to going to Bundaberg and places like that to find work.”