Businesses in Exmouth are among those set to benefit from a new campaign encouraging young people to travel and work in regional WA. The Work and Wander out Yonder measure, announced by the McGowan Government, aims to address worker shortages in the agriculture, tourism and hospitality industries by calling on 18 to 30-year-olds to take a working holiday in regional WA. Exmouth is among the towns experiencing harsh labour shortages because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Froth Craft Brewery owner Pete Firth welcomed the campaign and said he had been struggling to attract kitchen staff. “We think it’s necessary. I am all for it and I hope it will work. Across the board, we are finding it very hard to entice people to relocate,” he said. “It’s always been a mission for us to recruit and encourage people to enter out to the region. We’ve been looking for a head chef for the last couple of months. “We are looking for people and we really want to back this campaign to get people to come here.” Exmouth Escape Resort manager Jeanette Caputo said anything to attract workers to Exmouth was good, however the real concern was the lack of housing available for them. Ms Caputo said she had at least five housekeeping vacancies. “Attracting more workers would be great but it’s the accommodation that they need to help because we are such a small town, there is nowhere to stay,” Ms Caputo said. “I’ve had workers start work and then hope to find accommodation and because they don’t find accommodation, they have to move on and leave town and therefore I lose my workers. “We’ve got the work for them but it’s the other issues that go with it.” Exmouth Shire president Matthew Niikkula welcomed the campaign as the town experienced a significant worker shortage, and echoed Ms Caputo’s accommodation concerns. “Affordable worker accommodation supply will be the issue for this campaign to be successful in Exmouth and we urge the Government to speed up the process in developing land for this purpose before market conditions change,” he said.