Community information sessions to explore housing options for seasonal workers

15th Nov 2022

Jobs Australia Enterprises (JA) and Costa Group are exploring options for purpose-built worker accommodation in the Guyra region. Both organisations are Approved Employers under the Federal Government’s Pacific Labour Mobility Scheme and bring in seasonal workers for the Costa tomato glasshouses.
The workers are currently living in a variety of accommodation, including townhouses, units, caravan parks, university colleges and other larger facilities, spread across Armidale and Guyra. The majority of rental accommodation has been in use for seven to eight years.
Costa and JA are keen to explore new purpose-built housing options.
Long-term, the development of purpose-built accommodation for groups of workers in the Guyra vicinity would significantly reduce the requirement for individual unit and housing rentals. The provision of safe, secure and appropriate accommodation is a high priority for Costa, and they welcome the community’s views on housing options.
Costa will be holding community information sessions in Guyra to gauge community views.
The information sessions will be held at the Royal Hotel in Guyra on Tuesday November 22nd from 5pm to 7pm and Wednesday November 23rd between 8am and 10am.
These sessions will be facilitated by Susan Frater-Sims, who is the independent chair of the Costa Tomato Exchange Community Reference Group.