Council offers flexible contract roles to drought-affected farm workers, labourers

Council's campaign to offer drought-affected people work over the next six months.
Council's campaign to offer drought-affected people work over the next six months.

Forbes Shire Council is offering flexible, temporary work contracts as it seeks to offer assistance to people whose work is slow due to the drought, and get $23 million in capital works complete.

Acting Director Corporate Services Carly Jayet said the unique approach had been discussed for some time across all areas of business, and now the timing is right. 

Council has an ambitious works program and has been recruiting permanent staff to do that work, Mrs Jayet said, but there’s still more to do. 

Council received $1.9 million to improve the Lake Forbes surrounds in September, and a further $1 million in drought assistance.

General labour based duties, maintenance work and upgrades around our sporting fields, Lake Forbes activation projects (such as solar lighting), and the ski dam improvements are just some examples of the work that’s on offer.

Council is now putting a recruitment call out to see if they can match locals whose work has slowed down with the drought, such as farmers, farmhands, labourers or fencers, with some of the skills they need. They’re seeking handy people with a willingness to work hard. 

Council is willing to discuss part time, job share, flexible hours or contract work for those who need some extra work to get through this difficult season. 

There’s a range of tasks to be done with men and women equally encouraged to apply.

The campaign hit Council’s social media on Friday night and applications were coming in Monday.

If you’re interested phone Council on 6850 2300 or email people@forbes.nsw.gov.au