Community information sessions well attended

29th Nov 2022

Costa Tomato Exchange and Jobs Australia hosted community ‘’drop-in” sessions in Guyra last week, which were well attended by local residents and business owners.
Costa and Jobs Australia are Approved Employers under the Federal Government’s Pacific Labour Mobility Scheme which brings in seasonal workers on fixed term visas. Workers are currently living in a variety of accommodation including townhouses, units, caravan parks, university colleges and houses spread across Armidale and Guyra.
The drop-in sessions were designed to gauge community views on the housing situation in Guyra and the potential for other types of accommodation, including the development of purpose-built accommodation for groups of workers.
Costa State Manager NSW Vertical Farming, Scot MacDonald, said it was important to hear from the local community.
“A range of views were expressed about future worker accommodation, and we were also able to provide some facts and figures about the current worker housing in our region. While the demand for housing from Costa workers was one part of the accommodation pressures in Armidale and Guyra, we heard there are many other factors including lack of social housing and new people moving into the area,” Scot said.
“While we were speaking to residents and local businesses, we were also able to provide an update on our production from the new glasshouses and hear some ideas for our ongoing community support.
“The Guyra and Armidale communities are integral to Costa’s future planning and we’ll continue to keep up the information flow.”