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Year 12 graduates ditch schoolies to save watermelon farmer’s crop

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They’re on the water (melons): Year 12 graduates who ditched boozy Schoolies celebrations to help a struggling watermelon farmer harvest his crop reveal what life was like on the land

  • Number of recent Year 12 graduates answered a Chinchilla farmer’s call for help 
  • The five friends snubbed traditional schoolies celebrations to work on the farm 
  • Farmer Murray Sturgess needed pickers to get watermelon crop to market
  • Grower was without backpackers to help because of Covid-19 border closures 



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