How to get a job on the Sundrop Farms Project

How to get a job on the Sundrop Farms Project

In the ‘How to get a job at …….’ series we go over Australian Mining and Construction projects from all over this great country of ours.  In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.  This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed.  The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.


About the Sundrop Farms Project

From the Sundrop Farms website

Sundrop Farms is a leader in sustainable horticulture for the arid world; growing high-value crops using seawater and sunlight. Sundrop Farms are the only company in the world with the technology and know-how to develop and operate greenhouses in locations that have little or no access to arable land, fresh water sources, or grid energy .

While a typical greenhouse would use groundwater for irrigation, gas for heating, and electricity for cooling, the Sundrop Farms system relies on seawater and sunlight for its energy and water needs. We then use carbon dioxide (which can be sourced sustainably) and nutrients to encourage the best possible yield from our crops.


Location Profile – Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula

Whyalla, Eyre Peninsula, Port Augusta, Iron Knob, Gawler Ranges, Port Lincoln, Kimba, Coffin Bay, Outback,  Iron Ore, Steelworks, One Steel, Oyster Farming, Ports, Agriculture, Wind Farm, Marinas, Maritime Museum, National Parks, Wildlife, Beaches, Fishing, Surfing,  Bike Riding, Boating,  Bush Walking, 4WDing, Trail Riding, Camping.

Population: 56,000 (2011)

whyalla city council

Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula Region – Rents as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $155 – $ 380

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 180 – $ 650

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 270 – $800

Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula Region – House Prices as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $85,000 – $240,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $95,000 – $550,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $225,000 – $580,000

Climate data for Whyalla
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 47.1 48.0 44.1 40.4 32.9 26.3 27.0 32.0 38.0 42.1 45.5 44.5 48.0
Average high °C 30.1 29.5 27.2 23.9 20.5 17.2 16.8 18.5 21.5 23.7 26.5 28.1 23.6
Average low °C 17.6 17.8 15.4 11.7 8.8 6.0 5.3 6.0 8.1 10.5 14.0 15.8 11.4
Record low °C 5.9 7.8 5.5 2.2 -0.4 -3.2 -3.2 -1.7 0.0 0.3 3.9 4.7 -3.2
Avg. Rainfall mm 14.9 25.3 21.3 19.5 24.6 25.4 23.8 22.5 27.9 25.1 21.4 24.4 274.9
Avg.Rainy days 3.0 3.3 4.3 4.9 9.0 11.2 10.9 10.6 8.2 7.3 5.0 4.6 82.3


Companies Involved with the Sundrop Farms Project

John Holland – Has been awarded a contract worth more than $150 million to expand the Sundrop Farms arid climate agricultural.  John Holland will design and construct a climate controlled 20 hectare state-of-the-art glasshouse facility that will produce truss tomatoes for supermarkets across Australia. The Sundrop Farms project is planned to commence in December 2014 and is scheduled for completion in late 2016.


Occupations Required at the Sundrop Farms Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Sundrop Farms Project


Interstate Licence Recognition

A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition


Sundrop Farms Project Union Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.

 At this stage of the Sundrop Farm project no EBA’s can be foundas they are found they will be uploaded into this article.


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

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