Margaret River Hawks Cricket Club offers recruits jobs to relocate to the regions

Charlotte EltonThe West Australian
Busselton Margaret River vs Bunbury country week cricket. Callum Loud hits out against Bunbury.
Camera IconBusselton Margaret River vs Bunbury country week cricket. Callum Loud hits out against Bunbury. Credit: by Sharon Smith.

A local cricket club are trying to entice city-dwelling recruits to the regions by offering them jobs and help with housing.

The Margaret River Hawks Cricket Club has launched a recruitment drive for new cricketers, offering aspiring players the chance to "move out of the city and avoid lockdowns."

If a player joins the team, they’ll receive a "a full time (or equivalent) job within the region" and "employment opportunities for [their] partners," a post on the club’s Facebook page reads.

"Monday-Friday work and cricket on weekends!" it promises.

The club has partnered with local businesses to offer jobs to mechanics, electricians, auto electricians, HC truck drivers, lifeguards or rec-centre workers. The post also offers "hospitality jobs" to the cricketer’s partner.

The perks don’t stop there – after someone asked if a "flight" would be included, the club commented "send a message."

Club President Al Wilkie said that the club was “using local networks” to “smooth the path” for those looking to relocate to Margaret River.

“Many local businesses are desperately short of staff, and this is our way of reaching out to the wider cricket community to help people find work and accommodation in the area,” he posted on Facebook.

The successful candidate will receive assistance finding housing.

Margaret river currently has a rental vacancy rate of just 0.2 per cent.

In January this year, Dunsborough-based Real Estate Institute of WA vice-president Joe White warned that regional population growth would be "constrained by lack of housing stock."

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