A NUMBER of local orchardists have called on the Orange community to offer "odd job" work for backpackers until the fruit picking season picks up.
Cargo Road Wines manager James Sweetapple said weather has delayed picking at many places across Orange, and he is concerned backpackers may move on unless they find work.
"I think we all rely on them [the backpackers] so we need to look after them," he said.
"It's not just fruit picking, they come with other skills. Maybe they could paint a house?"
Read Monday's Central Western Daily to find out why the backpacking community is so essential to many Orange orchardists and Vignerons.