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31 March, 2024

Workforce officer a boost for local agri sector

FNQ Growers has introduced Kelly Hodgkinson as the new Agriculture Workforce Officer (AWO) for the Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN).

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Kelly will serve the Far North region.

QAWN is an industry-led program focused on addressing the employment and skill challenges within the agribusiness sector, with a network of seven dedicated AWOs across the state.

With a rich, hands-on background in Tasmania’s organic agriculture sector, Kelly brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her new role.

Driven by her commitment to a sustainable future and a profound passion for fostering connections within the grower community, Kelly aims to bring innovative solutions to address challenges facing Far North Queensland’s agriculture workforce.

Drawing upon firsthand experience, Kelly possesses a wealth of understanding about the critical importance of cultivating a skilled and dedicated workforce. 

Leveraging insights gained from her background, she is committed to collaborating closely with key stakeholders, FNQ agribusinesses and FNQ’s education training providers to deliver tailored solutions that support the diverse workforce needs of each grower.

Kelly’s approach will focus on supporting growers through workforce planning, implementing skill development initiatives and workforce retention. 

With her background in farming, business development, and the PALM Approved Employers Program, Kelly is dedicated to supporting a robust agricultural workforce network in FNQ that ensures stability and prosperity for the region’s growers and communities.


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