Julie celebrates 18 years with Costa

21st Jun 2023

Julie Driscoll joined Costa when the first tomato glasshouses came into operation in 2005 and this week the team celebrated her 18 years of employment. Julie, who started out in pruning and has done a range of jobs, is now the Packing Supervisor for Glasshouse 1 and 2. She is one of a handful of employees who have been with the Costa since the start of the operations in Guyra.
Born in Armidale, Julie moved to Queensland before returning to Guyra with her two children, before starting work with Costa. Her children, now with families of their own, have also worked at the glasshouses at different times.
“When I started I didn’t have any horticultural skills but I have learnt a lot over the years,” she said.
“There are good people here and its great getting to know people from different countries,” she said.
Scot MacDonald, State Manager Vertical Farming, said Julie had worked in most parts of the business and was now a valuable and effective supervisor in the Elm Street packhouse.
“Julie has been part of the growth of our glasshouse operation at Elm Street from five hectares to 20 hectares. Originally there were about 150 staff when she began her career with Costa, now there are 800 people employed from all over the world,” Scot said. “She is usually one of the first to arrive and last to leave. Julie supports her team and colleagues and is highly regarded. I hope Julie will be around for many years to come.”