BEST WORKERS: Italian backpackers Davide Principe, Giorgio Giai Via and Jacopo Bertelle.
BEST WORKERS: Italian backpackers Davide Principe, Giorgio Giai Via and Jacopo Bertelle. Alex Nolan

A friendly place to work, say Italians

HEALTHY wages, favourable working conditions and a fun, friendly atmosphere is how three Italian backpackers have described their experience of working in Stanthorpe.

Davide Principe, Giorgio Giai Via and Jacopo Bertelle met while working as farmhands in Stanthorpe and all agree this is the best place they've worked in Australia.

Their overseas experience was improved after Best Employment's Sue Frances found them suitable work, accommodation and a friendly shoulder to depend on.

"Sue was incredible. I wasn't earning very much money in my first job so I asked her if she could find me new work," Davide said.

"Within a week I was working on the apple farm and enjoying the work."

Best Employment Harvest Labour recruitment officer Sue Frances said she was more than happy to help the three hardworking backpackers.

"They're good guys. They had a good attitude in the way they dealt with us," she said.

"Farm work brings out a different part of some people's character.

"Attitude is probably the number one thing.

"A farmer will put up with a poor-to-average worker with a positive attitude towards work, but these guys were great all-round," she added.

The Italians all agreed that not everywhere in Australia had favourable working conditions like Stanthorpe, with some places offering poor working conditions for very low pay.

"In one week on a farm in Mildura, I only earned $200," Davide said.

However the trio spoke highly of Stanthorpe conditions and certainly plan to come back for the next harvest season.

"It is such a friendly, welcoming place," Giorgio said.

"The people are really nice and the pub is a great place to meet new people.

"We probably needed Memo (Mattiazzi, apple farmer and Stanthorpe Central Hotel owner) to put an extra space on our payslip for the bill we owed him at the pub."


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