Work in rugby heaven
FANCY travelling to another country to work and play rugby?
A unique opportunity has arisen for someone from the Dalby region to do exactly that.
Steve Sim runs a spraying business just outside of Christchurch in New Zealand and is appealing to someone from the Western Downs to join his team.
Mr Sim said the experience itself is worth the trip over the Tasman.
"You guys are in the grips of a drought, so I thought there would be someone looking for work with the skill set to match what we're doing over here,” Mr Sim said.
"Honestly, they'll get great experience and learn a different type and quite an intensive type of crop farming.
"Once they've done a year here there would be no job on the farm they wouldn't be able to handle.”
Mr Sim, who worked in the Dalby and Goondiwindi regions just over 10 years ago, said the type of farming in the region is comparable to the work conducted in New Zealand.
The role would mainly consist of spraying but Mr Sim said there would be plenty of scope to engage in other work including construction, depending on how long the individual chooses to remain in New Zealand.
Mr Sim emphasised there is one quality which he is looking for above all else in an employee.
"Attitude,” he said.
"As long as they are willing to learn and have a good attitude.”
Mr Sim's business, Simply Spraying, is located near Methven on the south island, just below the popular ski field Mt Hutt, which attracts thousands of Australians every winter.
Methven also happens to be the home of the rugby club the employee would be playing for, if they're interested.
Mr Sim has had a long association with the Methven Rugby Club, though no longer plays due to shoulder injuries.
"They wouldn't be able to play for anyone other than Methven if they came and worked for me,” he said.
"I've got a lot of mates still playing and it wouldn't be hard to fast track them into that system if they were keen for it.
"A lot of the other clubs get South Americans and Polynesian's play for them ... having an Aussie at Methven would actually be pretty unique.”
If you're interested in working for Simply Spraying, you can contact Steve Sim at firstname.lastname@example.org.