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Work scheme for foresters affected by slowdown

Federated Farmers and the Eastland Wood Council have set up a scheme to find temporary farm work for forestry workers without work to go to at present to tide them over until the situation further improves.

“It's a good chance to show that primary industries can support each other when times get tough,” the organisers said. “Most farmers have jobs which are a bit big to tackle alone, or need a few hands which never quite get done, whether it's spraying brush weeds, clearing/felling overgrown trees, stripping fences or getting that digger around the farm dams and tidying up a few tracks.

“It's all work we can offer that might just keep our community ticking along until things improve in the forest sector,” they said.

Farmers interested in providing work need to give details about the type of work, any special skills or licences required to do it, how many hours work and for how many people, when the work is available and where it is.

The contact person is Siobhain Fyall, 0274 769 551, or email generation.programme@eastlandwood.co.nz