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Harvest has highlighted a shortage of truck drivers in the industry | The Land




This year’s bumper harvest has offered up timely work opportunities for people whose industries have borne the brunt of COVID-19 restrictions.

There have been 747 pilots jumping in the headers or chaser bins, but you can’t train a pilot, or anyone else for that matter, to drive trucks overnight.

Truck drivers, needed to haul grain from the paddock to grain receival sites, have been very hard to find this harvest, with the volume of work outnumbering the supply of licenced drivers.

Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association president Scott McDonald said desperate farmers were willing to pay very good money to get people in their trucks, reported rates ranging from $35 to $50 an hour.

This had meant harvest work had tempted…

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