Tasmania is hoping locals will fill the void left by seasonal workers

Posted: 12th Oct

Tasmania's borders will stay shut until at least 26 October and the state government is encouraging locals to apply for the harvesting jobs usually done by backpackers and international seasonal workers at this time of year.

But some farmers are worried there won't be enough workers to get all the fruit picked.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, state, territory and national borders suddenly closed. Working visa holders were either stranded in Australia or had to book expensive flights home.

Fruit Growers Tasmania estimates about 1,200 international seasonal workers were in Tasmania when the lockdowns began earlier this year.