Construction on the new backpacker’s luxury apartments on the Berri Riverfront is running ‘ahead of schedule’, according to the Berri council. With the project moving quickly, it’s expected to be completed by the end of 2021, and in full operation for the start of the 2022 harvest season.
“It’s going to be great for the local economy.”
“We’re working with the best archaeologists money can buy, the construction of these buildings is world-class,” says Berri Council spokesperson Bill Durr. “They’ve been meticulously designed, with no expenses spared. We know the Berri ratepayers will all agree this is the best use of the money, even if it does require a rates increase. The end results will speak for themselves.”
The council has stated there was ‘desperate need’ for more backpacker accomodation, to support the growing number of overseas workers coming into the Riverland for harvesting work.
“It’s a shame that we have to rely on overseas workers, but that’s just how it is,” stated Bill Durr. “The locals are choosing to stay at home instead of taking the harvest jobs, even when the farmers are offering rates up to $10/hr, it really is disappointing.”
The Riverlanderer will update as construction on the buildings progress.