Grey nomads help fill skilled worker shortage during sugarcane harvest in North Queensland

Grey nomads help fill skilled worker shortage during sugarcane harvest in North Queensland

It was pure luck that led former mine worker Steven Fry to the Burdekin Shire, about 100 kilometres south-east of Townsville, to work as a sugarcane harvester.   It’s the first time the 59-year-old has taken part in the seasonal work, and he’s one of a growing number of grey nomads who are filling a shortage of skilled workers … Read more

Grey nomads, wage rises pitched to solve regional Queensland worker shortage

Grey nomads, wage rises pitched to solve regional Queensland worker shortage

Desperate Queensland business owners want grey nomads and retirees back on the job and new incentives to lure young workers into trades. Key points: Bosses in regional Queensland  are calling for a major shake-up for workers A national jobs and skills summit will be held this week Some say major changes are needed to tax … Read more

Outback town Dirranbandi draws in visitors with Elvis-themed wedding vow renewals

Outback town Dirranbandi draws in visitors with Elvis-themed wedding vow renewals

It’s a long way from the bright lights of Las Vegas, but a little white chapel in outback Queensland has become the perfect backdrop for couples to rekindle their burning love in front of the King. Elvis impersonator Steven Minhinnick has never ventured so far west, but his vocal cords worked overtime as he officiated over … Read more