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Paringa quarantine facility to house 1000 seasonal workers

More than 1,000 seasonal workers will be able to safely arrive in South Australia over the coming months with a speciality regional quarantine facility to be set up in the Riverland.

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The facility at Paringa will cater specifically for workers arriving under the Commonwealth Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme, with new arrivals expected every 14 days over the next three months.

The $7 million program will help fill critical worker shortages in agriculture and will be jointly funded by the Liberal Government and industry.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the State Government has worked closely with SA Health and SAPOL to ensure the facility meets strict safety standards.

“South Australia’s primary industries are worth $14.1 billion a year to the state economy and with citrus season fast approaching it is critical we deliver a safe solution to fill our seasonal worker shortages to ensure our state’s crops are harvested,” Minster Basham said. 

Around 200 workers are expected to arrive in South Australia shortly with our program able to cater for up to 1,000 more over the coming months.