With many backpackers here jobless and at a loose end, the message is to fly home or find a job picking fruit.
With many backpackers here jobless and at a loose end, the message is to fly home or find a job picking fruit.

Backpackers, get a farm job or fly home: MP

THE Federal Government is yet to extend any offers of crisis accommodation to backpackers stranded in our region without work and a safe home.

Richmond Police District officers have reported concerns of backpackers congregating in Ballina, after being moved on from Byron Bay.

Page MP Kevin Hogan has encouraged backpackers to find a farm job or return to their home country.

"Right now, backpackers need to find seasonal agricultural work," Mr Hogan said.

"There are seasonal jobs coming around, there's a lot of citrus that needs to be picked.

"In Tabulum, there are blueberry farms that may be reaching out for workers soon.

"If these jobs are not available they need to go home.

"A lot of countries put out warnings a long time ago."

There are a couple of recent posts from backpackers on local community pages, who say they cannot afford flights home, which have become more expensive or booked out.

Mr Hogan said the onus was on their home countries to facilitate a way home.

"Normally we welcome these people with open arms," Mr Hogan said.

"These are not normal times."


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